21 August 2018

The Grid House project

27 April 16 | RE+D Magazine


The Grid House project
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Forte, Gimenes & Marcondes Ferraz,
A 33,600-square-foot compound, set on more than 40 acres of manicured hillside in the Mantiqueira Mountains in Minas Gerais, Brazil, is on sale for $11.5 million, according to an interview with Christie's International Real Estate.


Built in 2007 by Forte, Gimenes & Marcondes Ferraz, an architecture firm based in São Paulo, the estate, which is called the Grid House, is broken up into multiple modules delineated by a wooden grid of beams and columns. The house is roughly a 2.5 hour drive from São Paulo, which places it firmly in the position of a vacation home, rather than a place from which to commute.

The main building, which contains social areas, a master suite, a guest bedroom, and six other bedrooms that Christie's calls "children's rooms," is built into the hillside so that visitors can walk directly onto the house's roof garden.

There are also interior courtyards with more gardens and outdoor dining areas; the grounds were designed by CAP, a Rio de Janeiro- and São Paolo-based landscaping firm. Indoor/outdoor integration is taken to such an extreme that the house has the feel of an unusually design-forward safari tent.

The estate also contains separate open-air entertaining pavilions set away from the house on a nearby hilltop. There's also a tennis court, a sauna, and three other individual pavilions, including one for the housekeepers, one for building staff, and another that contains a four-car garage and storage.


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