Fernando Guerra

The Peninsula House by Bernardes Architecture features bold volumes perched atop a steep, rocky slope

[dropcap size=big]T[/dropcap]he Peninsula House or Casa Peninsula designed by Brazilian Architecture firm Bernardes Architecture, is located in Guarujá, Sao Paulo. The modern home features clean, bold geometric forms stacked atop one another creating a clear contrast to its steep, rocky, coastal surroundings.


Casa Peninsula, a weekend home in a coastal city close to São Paulo, is composed of three stacked abstract volumes which have been delicately positioned on a steep slope overlooking the Atlantic Ocean for minimum topographic impact. The house is divided in three parts: the rectangular base and the triangular superior volume, which have more private areas; and the transparent space in-between them where the common areas are located. The suspended triangular volume creates shaded balconies protected from direct sunlight, while the more enclosed and monolithic base provides more intimate spaces. The tension between the two creates negative transparent spaces that visually connect with the landscape.

Drawings courtesy Bernardes Architecture


  • Local: Guarujá, SP
  • Project date: 2017
  • Architecture: Bernardes Arquitetura (www.bernadesarq.com.br)
  • Interiors: Bernardes Arquitetura (www.bernadesarq.com.br)
  • Team: Thiago Bernardes, Dante Furlan, Camila Tariki, Fausto Sombra, João Faim, José Miguel, Marcelo Dondo, Ana Paula Endo, Antonia Bernardes, Marina Salles, Mariana Cohen
  • Landscaping: Cenário
  • Lighting: Estúdio Carlos Fortes Luz + Design
  • Photos: Fernando Guerra
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