Bahia House – A Different Kind Of Green Building


In a time when homes and buildings, in general, use less space by developing on the vertical, and when people started to pollute more and more the environment, Bahia House comes as a negation to these stereotypes. The residence is in Salvador, Brazil and it is spread on 2,165 square meters, being thought as a green house. Yet, this “green” word doesn’t really express what we are used to think about it when we hear it these days.

For this house to be risen, a series of old Brazilian technologies were used. If today we are addicted to air conditioning, back in the past there was no such thing. So, for the cool effect inside the house, even at 40 degrees outside, the builders were inspired from the old Bahian houses, making a roof of clay and wooden ceilings, also using northeastern wind to ventilate the interior.

The result is more than expected: a natural cooling of the air, without all the modern technologies, just by going back to the basis. Regardless all these functional stuff, Bahia House is impressive thanks to the openings that make a beautiful connection to the garden outside. The overall look is contemporary, spiced up with the traditional roots of Brazil.

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