In the last issue of Latest, we talked about bio-architecture, the design of the future and the need to face climate change with concrete actions. We have mentioned some works carried out and projects still to be worked on in the future that will give a new configuration to the urban planning of important cities, including the Vertical Forest of Milan, the Nautilus eco resort in the Philippines or the Hyperions Eco-Neighborhood in India. In this issue, the Latest team had the pleasure of interviewing Lauren Troost of Lauren Troost Architects, the team that built Casa Campinarana.
This magnificent home is located in Manaus, the city located in north-western Brazil along the Negro and the Amazon rivers.
The house is the result of a passive architectural project, which consists in the construction of an environment that promotes thermal well-being with minimal energy
consumption, by mainly exploiting natural resources.
In short, innovation seems to be one of the very foundations of this house. However, such innovation does not stop at the bottom. All the interiors of the house have been adapted to the forest to preserve its ecosystem as much as possible. It is precisely for this reason that the house have not the typical shape we are used to see; the living spaces are in fact located on the upper deck, as is the swimming pool.
The Casa Campinarana revolution presents many other brilliant ideas for which it has won numerous awards, including the Dezeen Award 2019 for Rural House and the
Metal Architecture Design Award 2019.
In this interview, Lauren Troost told us in detail all there is to know about his project, starting with its driving inspiration. We discussed their future plans, and then emphasized the importance of passive design especially in fragile ecosystems such as that of the Amazon. To date, passive design remains a great challenge when it comes to applying it on a large scale, but Casa Campinarana is certainly an amazing start.
-Why choosing the Amazon as a space to build a home? Were there a symbolical meaning together with a firm architectural strategy in your design?
The Amazon used to be the home of around 40 millions inhabitants. Nowadays, around 9 millions people are living in the Amazon. Housing is thus a basic need for many people. Manaus, where the Casa Campinarana is built is a city of 2 millions inhabitants. The house is built in the suburbs where the forest is more preserved. Although most of locals do cut down all trees when they decide to build on a plot, we had the chance to get a client that wanted us not to cut down any trees at all! That was the best starting point we could dream of!