Casa Bibilioteca by Atelier Branco is a philosopher's retreat in the Atlantic Rainforest

Brazilian studio Atelier Branco has topped this house in São Paulo with a terrace for the resident to enjoy views of the forested surrounds.

Atelier Branco designed the property in São Paulo municipality Vinhedo to provide the home for a philosopher, who wanted a private space to read and think.

“It is a little Library House for a 75-year-old philosopher, whose dream was to read and smoke a cigar looking at the stars from the top of the trees,” said Atelier Branco.

Located on a sloped site in the Atlantic Rainforest – a forest that runs along the Atlantic coast South America – it features concrete steps flank either side of the property.

These lead up to the rooftop, where a thick concrete slab forms the base of a large terrace. Wooden boards are laid in diagonal patterns to mark the deck, with a pool of water running around the perimeter.

“We managed to create a 200-square-metre terrace to enjoy nature in the middle of the Atlantic Rainforest,” said the studio.

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