Studio Janet Vollebregt
STUDIO JANET VOLLEBREGT
 The area around the Casa da Fazenda was also improved. We paved sand and mud trails left by the previous owner of the land, and planted local grass on areas that were dried up. Coffee, avocado, acerola, orange, mango, banana and many other trees were all protected and new trees and herbs were planted. Small relaxation areas were located on several places on the land. My partner Xavier did most of the landscaping in this project. He also improved the natural irrigation system, using gravity. When the previous owner returned to visit the land, he cried as he was touched to see how we honoured his footprint and continued his work.

Casa da Fazenda

architecture, interior design

Chapada dos Veadeiros, Goías, Brasil, 2007

Architectural and Interior Design project

Casa da Fazenda is a refurbishment of a traditional farm house in Chapada dos Veadeiros, Goías, Brasil. The idea was to honour the traditional structure and soul of the building, but to create more comfort and protection from climate and insects. Together with my partner Xavier de Bode and a team of local people the floors were taken out and the roof was taken off. Only the original ‘adobe’ walls were kept up. These walls are made of local clay bricks, hand shaped and sun dried. They form a wonderful climate barrier and keep spaces cool during the day, warm during the night. The traditional roof tiles were cleaned and reused after building a new wooden roof structure. Some of the windows were made of old car-windows. The traditional wood-fire stove was conserved.

 The area around the Casa da Fazenda was also improved. We paved sand and mud trails left by the previous owner of the land, and planted local grass on areas that were dried up. Coffee, avocado, acerola, orange, mango, banana and many other trees were all protected and new trees and herbs were planted. Small relaxation areas were located on several places on the land. My partner Xavier did most of the landscaping in this project. He also improved the natural irrigation system, using gravity. When the previous owner returned to visit the land, he cried as he was touched to see how we honoured his footprint and continued his work.

The area around the Casa da Fazenda was also improved. We paved sand and mud trails left by the previous owner of the land, and planted local grass on areas that were dried up. Coffee, avocado, acerola, orange, mango, banana and many other trees were all protected and new trees and herbs were planted. Small relaxation areas were located on several places on the land. My partner Xavier did most of the landscaping in this project. He also improved the natural irrigation system, using gravity. When the previous owner returned to visit the land, he cried as he was touched to see how we honoured his footprint and continued his work.

 All furniture within the project was locally made. Most of the furniture we made together with Anurag, a native that searches the surroundings for dead trees that have already dried out. He carries them to his atelier, studies their shapes and creates unique pieces of furniture. Some furniture pieces in Casa da Fazenda are his signature, some we created together to fit in well in the project.

All furniture within the project was locally made. Most of the furniture we made together with Anurag, a native that searches the surroundings for dead trees that have already dried out. He carries them to his atelier, studies their shapes and creates unique pieces of furniture. Some furniture pieces in Casa da Fazenda are his signature, some we created together to fit in well in the project.

 Al wall lamps were created with a lady that works with banana leaf fibre. The fibre is weaved into a sheet and kept in shape by a wood structure. She made pillow and matras covers of this material for us too, as at the time it was not possible to buy sofas in the area and off course we love the touch and look of this natural material.

Al wall lamps were created with a lady that works with banana leaf fibre. The fibre is weaved into a sheet and kept in shape by a wood structure. She made pillow and matras covers of this material for us too, as at the time it was not possible to buy sofas in the area and off course we love the touch and look of this natural material.

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 Other lamps were made of wood found on the land, together with the only guy in the valley that knows how to work with electricity.

Other lamps were made of wood found on the land, together with the only guy in the valley that knows how to work with electricity.

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 Next to the furniture we made with dead fallen trees, other furniture was made of the crown leaves of the local ‘Buriti’ palm. The material looks a bit similar too bamboo, but is not hollow inside. Kitches cupboard, sofas and chairs were made of buriti.

Next to the furniture we made with dead fallen trees, other furniture was made of the crown leaves of the local ‘Buriti’ palm. The material looks a bit similar too bamboo, but is not hollow inside. Kitches cupboard, sofas and chairs were made of buriti.

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