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A Rope Screen Creates a Trellis for Brazilian Home

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In an unusual design element in this house in São Paulo, Brazil, thick twine ropes simply hanging along the length of a beam allow gravity to create a dappled shade at certain times of the day.

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The clients for the Casa d’Água House wanted to be surrounded by references to the family’s history and their emotional investment in the world of nature, through their farm.

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So Isay Weinfeld, the São Paulo-based design studio, suggested that they reuse some familiar old elements, like the ropes, taken from the family business, farming.

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Stones from farm fences were also brought in to cover the external walls, creating a familiar sight, and old wood pieces to lay the bedroom flooring.

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The idea was that their new house should be welcoming and comfortingly familiar, rather than have that ‘new’ look.

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Viewed from the bedrooms on the second floor, the strip of (dry) golden hemp ropes makes a texture contrast to the contrasting (wet) green strip of water that runs the length of the house, forming a lane for swimming laps.

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To shield against the hot Brazilian sun, external shades, the most energy efficient solution, are employed to keep out the heat during siesta time.

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As if to reverse the design element of the hanging ropes, by repeating it in reverse, a row of thick golden bamboo of slightly different heights makes a fence in bold contrast to the white stucco.

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