Hairy house turns heads
Two designers in Brazil have used a traditional building material in a novel way to protect this Sao Paulo house from the tropical heat.
Brothers Fernando and Humberto Campana of Estudio Campana have clad the front of the house in palm fibre, a material that has long been used for indigenous housing in Brazil.
The fibres of the piassava palm create a heat shield that helps to keep the interior cool in summer.
This is the first house where the pair have used the fibre, but they already have an established reputation as furniture designers making furniture from ordinary materials, including scrap and waste products, such as rope, cardboard and fabric. They were the first Brazilian designers to have work exhibited at the Museum of Modern Art in New York, in 1998.
The Sao Paulo house was designed for owners Stefano Zunino and Solange Ricoy. Dezeen says Fernando Campana has described the design concept as ‘‘a vegetable that invades the house’’.
Organic materials on the interior include a huge bookcase made from overlapping piece of leather. The bookcase extends right up to the roof alongside the staircase. ’’The house is very clean, so we created these elements to bring strong, organic emotion into the house and the facade,’’ says Campana.
Sao Paulo hairy house.