Hairy house turns heads

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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.

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