This contemporary architectural gem in Brazil is the result of a collaboration between the design studio Maresca Interiors and GN Architecture. The guesthouse is equipped with a beautiful swimming pool that plays the leading role in this design.
The incredibly talented Italian-Brazilian sister duo Elena and Cecilia Maresca, founders of Maresca Interiors, are responsible for this spectacular guest house with pool. The studio embodies the sisters' DNA which is described as ‘a mix of exotic elements of Brazilian modernism fused with the timeless elegance of Italian design’. In close collaboration with GN Architecture, who provide architectural services with a great eye for innovation, they developed this special project.
Surrounding native vegetation was their main source of inspiration.
Imagicasa is proud to present this recent project by Maresca Interiors, surrounded by a mature garden and native exotic plants that are part of the UNESCO conservation area of Trancoso. Originally, the location of the project in the village of Bahia was a small fishing village isolated from the rest of the country until the 1970s. And to this day, the everyday lifestyle in the village remains delightfully unmodernised. The designers involved in the recent extension of the property wanted to go back to basics so that the future guests could be disconnected from today's hustle and bustle and reconnect with nature. For example, for this project GN Architecture worked with the landscape rather than adapting to it. The Maresca Interiors duo of sisters sought to balance their interventions with the architecture and integrate a sense of place with local traditions. The furniture was designed and produced by local craftsmen using highly local materials. The art within the home is largely sourced from indigenous Amazonian tribes and local artists. Maresca Interiors mainly sought inspiration from the surrounding indigenous vegetation and local architecture. Thus, the interior is inspired by the style of the neighbouring maternity home and emerges as a contemporary interpretation of the traditional laid-back Bahia look. Within this stunning pool house, the spaces have been opened up into outdoor rooms that are always connected to the garden. The accommodation, consisting of two blocks of living and sleeping areas, is oriented around the pool while maintaining a visual connection with the main building. The living accommodation consists of a shallow pitched roof in keeping with the local architectural style, while the sleeping accommodation consists of a pavilion with a flat roof. The wing of the sleeping area is clad in Eucalyptus vines that harmonise with the mature garden. Within this project, the natural light is filtered through the canes, connecting the user with nature and providing a sense of calm. Both Meresca Interiors and GN Architecture embraced the spirit of the project and with their team brought forward a very high quality piece of architecture.
Photography by Marcelo Aniello