designing around nature

Designing Around Nature – Casa das Jabuticabeiras


Architecture Project

Designing around nature of a residential house is always the best work around to live in that ambient.

TERRA + TUMA is an architectural project from São Paulo, Brazil run by Danilo Terra, Fernanda Sakano, Pedro Tuma and Juliana Terra.

With multiple references and experiences, the team always seek to research and discover better ways of thinking and doing architecture, and the result is contemporary work. Throughout own trajectory, their projects have been exhibited at the Venice Biennales, Rotterdam and Quito and winner of several national and international awards.

In this project by TERRA + TUMA, the design of the house comes with some special conditions of the place where it is inserted, a garden neighborhood in the city of São Paulo.

The flat and wide ground found by the family was used as an orchard and has several fruit species such as uvaia, pitanga and especially jabuticabeiras.

Preserving these trees was essential and, while restricting the design, created the opportunity to think an architecture around existing landscaping.

In the constant search for the best use of the terrain, technical and material resources, we chose a single-storey house, in direct contact with the soil and we proposed a rooftop square, returning the green area to the lot and integrating the house in the wooded landscape of the neighborhood.

designing around nature
designing around nature
designing around nature
designing around nature
designing around nature
designing around nature


Terra e Tuma Arquitetos Associados
Danilo Terra, Pedro Tuma, Fernanda Sakano e Juliana Terra

Gabriella Ornaghi e Bianca Vasone Arquitetura da Paisagem


Pedro Kok

Designing Around Nature

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