1.9.2015

Writer’s Retreat

We are a firm that thinks architecture to influence those who will be in it, whether inside or outside, in a positive way.

The building in question is a retreat for a writer, nevertheless, it is not designed to be a place where he’ll write, but as a space where he can recollect his thoughts and be inspired. To meet these two program needs, the construction, built in the middle of nature, was designed under the symbol of the cave.

The symbolism of the cave is very broad and diverse. It suggests shelter, self-knowledge, return to basics, reflection, pregnancy, growth, freedom through thought and many other meanings that can be found in ancient people´s mythologies and suggest the use of this building as much as a shelter as an ideas’s instigator.

The craft of writing is in the background, while the cave concept of the architecture provides a direct contact with the ideas, promoting thought and generating conclusions, elements that are essential to your writing. The architecture in this case functions as an ideas promoter.

The shape of the construction was defined by the small buildable area on the lot. This configuration enables a cozy and protected interior, allowing, at the same time, a great connection with nature. Through the large window one can clearly admire, in several scales, the passage of time, from the hours, to the seasons of the year.

Once the writer is in it, he is cozy and protected. He has everything he needs, as in a womb. He is secure enough to get in touch with all his most inner thoughts, demons and illusions, so when he gets out of it, he feels fresh and full of new ideas.

Built in steel frame and clad with stones found on the lot, the volume houses a bedroom, a bathroom and a small pantry. It´s covered with metal roofing and has aluminum and glass frames. To warm the interior, wood was used both in the ceiling as in the floor.

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