Summer Pavilion at Casa de Vidro
Project NameSummer Pavilion at Casa De Vidro, Sao Paulo, by Sol Camancho (RADDAR) Architects
Photographer DetailsLeonardo Finotti
Brazilian modernist Lina Bo Bardi is one of Brazils most celebrated architects, with her Glass House representing a prime example of the modernist aesthetic in Brazil. A timber summer pavilion has been added to the lush grounds of the building, located in a jungle setting near Sao Paulo.
The summer pavilion is the newest addition to the 7000 square metre jungle site of the Bo Bardi Glass House. The project was the first to be built by the famed Brazilian architect, and was used as a personal home for her and her husband in the Sao Paulo suburb of Morumbi.
The temporary summer pavilion will remain on site for the Brazilian 2018-2019 summer period, providing shade and rest spots for visitors to the residence.
The curved timber structure blends in with the surrounding nature, and follows the winding path of the jungle. Bo Bardi’s house has a strong connection to its surroundings, which Camacho sought to replicate with the pavilion. The structure and the nature are designed to compliment each other. This harmony is furthered in materiality, with the timber canopy atop black pillars mirroring the makeup of the surrounding forest canopy.
The timber base of the structure extends beyond the cantilevered roof element, providing unsheltered ‘deck’ areas that are fully immersed in the surrounds.
Following the modernist aesthetic of slender columns supporting a flat roof, the pavilion uses thin timber columns with a cross laminated timber (CLT) roof. The lightweight, but high-strength properties of the material made it an intriguing choice for the pavilion. The winding shape of the roof required a material that was easily shaped. CLT is easily prefabricated into complex, irregular, or organic shapes using a digital CNC router. The high spans that can be navigated by CLT made it a great choice for the minimal, modernist construction style required.
Camacho states that although the material is growing in popularity in Europe and the US, Brazil is yet to adopt the technology into the mainstream. The summer pavilion project is one of the first to use the engineered timber technology. The project is a symbol for engaging with new timber and technologies in Brazilian architecture.
The whole pavilion is elevated on wooden struts to allow it to minimally navigate the heavily planted gardens.