Garden Design Long Narrow Plot

A sloped roof tops this white house in Brazil's capital, which architecture studio Bloco Arquitetos built within the initial masterplan for the city.

711H House by Bloco Arquitetos

The local firm designed 711H house for a couple with a child and two dogs.

Built on the foundations of a single-storey home that had been demolished, it is located in a part of the Plano Piloto masterplan that architect and planner Lucio Costa designed for Brasília during the 1950s.

711H House by Bloco Arquitetos

The residence's surrounding area was originally intended to be used for farms and food production, but because of the city's housing needs, it was transformed into a series of tightly packed row houses.

Many of the homes exceed the allowed height limit and face a service alley, which makes the green public spaces in the front derelict and dangerous, according to Bloco Arquitetos. The studio's scheme for the 711H house aims to reverse this trend.

711H House by Bloco Arquitetos

The team uncovered and restored the front yard back into a garden. Two pairs of white metallic screens front the space to offer the residents privacy and provide access to the public green space in front of the house.

"It acknowledges the present reality, and its official and unofficial rules of occupation, and aims to recover the activation of the green strip that is adjacent to the house," said Bloco Arquitetos.

711H House by Bloco Arquitetos

With a white exterior that also differentiates it from its surroundings, the house is topped by a mono-pitched roof that connects the different roof heights of its two immediate neighbours.

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