One of the most remarkable things about Casa das Canoas (Oscar Niemeyer, 1952) is the transparency of the first floor of the home. We always say with modernism that architects bring the outside into the home, blurring the lines between in- and outside space.
But in a way, Oscar Niemeyer turns this on its head in his own home – it seems you are living from the outside in. Here, the home is the entire outside space and the first floor of the house functions as a pavilion; a shelter from weather and an organizer and framer of the outside space.
As you walk down the path towards Casa das Canoas, the forest clears out into the home space; the pool, patio and house – overlooking the ocean beyond. As the forest defines the living space, it provides the floor, walls and windows, the house defines the forest and mountains beyond.
From the start this home is harmonious with its surroundings as Niemeyer incorporated the house and pool into the large granite boulder on the site.
The shapes of the pool and house echo the roundness and curves of the boulder and mountains beyond.
Whether you are lounging in the pool, having a cocktail on the patio or standing at a window and looking out this is truly sophisticated outdoor living.
- to be continued…
- Check out my other post on this amazing house. “A Sparkling Gem Hovering over Rio, Casa das Canoas”