Winner: Rural House of the year 2019 This concrete house in the Amazon features outdoor living areas and a swimming pool that are elevated above its forest surroundings.
Casa Campinarana is located in Manaus, a town in northwestern Brazil along the Negro and Amazon rivers. Brazilian firm Laurent Troost designed the two-storey house within a campinarana, a forest characterised by small trees. The house features a kitchen and living room on the top floor, as well as an elevated swimming pool. These spaces were built on the first floor to minimise the building's footprint and preserve local ecological systems.
Judges comments: “The project exists in extreme conditions and has clear sustainability,” said the judges. “ The environment is very inclusive and the balcony allows the resident to be part of nature but also contained”, they added. The “architectural presence in the context is well expressed”.