Rio House

Tropical Minimalism in Rio de Janiero

Text by Matthias Hollwich

Status  BUILT 2015

Location  RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL

Client  CONFIDENTIAL

Size  3,500 SF

Scope  SD-CA

Team  MATTHIAS HOLLWICH, AIA MARC KUSHNER, AIA ROBERT MAY, JAMIE ABREGO, ADAM HOSTETLER, JAMIE ABREGO, MARCEL MERCADO

Rio House is located on a sloping, narrow lot in the hills above Rio de Janeiro. The design takes advantage of North and South exposures for light, views, and circulation. The three story house is arranged as a series of boxes that cascade down the steep site.

Boxes for living and work areas are piled on top of each other above the street level garage. These spaces are partially embedded into the abutting hill.

ACKNOWLEDGEMENT

Rio House was designed during Matthias Hollwich’s partnership at Hollwich Kushner Architecture DPC, where Matthias acted as principal and lead designer.