Weekend retreats have this amazing ability of constructing a slowed-down pace for its temporary inhabitants. In the case of this Mountain House in Nova Lima, Minas Gerais, Brazil, the interior spaces had to be designed to be suited for the people enjoying it – a mother, her two married sons, her daughter-in-law and her grandchildren. Spreading over 745 m2, this weekend house designed by David Guerra Architecture is surrounded by an ecological reserve, so this accentuated the owner’s desire to have a home seamlessly connected to the surroundings.

Natural materials were employed in the construction of this modern weekend home, building social and private areas on one single level facing the mountains. Decks and verandas make the transition between interior and exterior smooth and natural, whereas the swimming pool, shower, water mirrors and cascade convert the private outdoors into a welcoming entertaining and relaxation space that seems cut out of a modern fairytale.

Harmoniously combining the steel structure with rustic elements, the architects created a warm environment. Using reclaimed wood, stones, earthenware, bamboo, tile, fiber, metal, stainless steel, double glazed and laminated glass, glass tile, anodized aluminum, wood venetian and tecnocimento, the house was erected as an exemplary use of modern materials and technologies, awaking in its inhabitants a powerful desire to enjoy every weekend and vacation together.

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