Accessible Architecture: Democratizing Design and Information


Vila Matilde House / Terra e Tuma Arquitetos Associados. © Pedro Kok

Vila Matilde House / Terra e Tuma Arquitetos Associados. © Pedro Kok

Earlier this year, I witnessed an intriguing situation. I followed, via an architect friend, the negotiation for the contracting of an architectural project for a single family home. The land owner, a public school teacher, sought professional help to build her dream home, estimated at about 60 square meters. It was a challenging terrain, with specific cutouts and a very steep topography that was compensated by the view of the city. The limited budget and the owner’s history indicated that this would be the seaside version of the famous Vila Matilde House by Terra e Tuma.

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