Hidden gem— Ubatuba


When architect Angelo Bucci was asked to design a holiday home that wouldn’t disrupt the forest or beach in Ubatuba, he came up with a house that is a masterpiece of engineering.

Angelo Bucci, Antonio Carlos Onofre, Brazil, Casa em Santa Teresa, Ubatuba

In the mid-1980s, paediatric surgeon Antônio Carlos Onofre bought a 55m by 16m plot of forest on top of a hill on the beach of Ubatuba, about 230km north of São Paulo. At the time he had no idea of what to do with the land, so he gave it as a present to his wife and they both forgot about it. Twenty-five years later, in 2005, planning their retirement – and with it the thought of spending weekends looking out to sea – the Onofres approached Brazilian architect Angelo Bucci (from São Paulo practice SPBR) to design a house on the site. “A tree…

  • 1987 Graduates from Faculdade de Arquitetura e Urbanismo – USP
  • 1991 Designs the Brazilian Pavilion of Expo in Seville, Spain
  • 1996 Co-founds MMBB architecture office
  • 2000 Psychology Clinic in Orlândia, São Paulo, shortlisted for Mies Van der Rohe Prize
  • 2003 Opens SPBR Architects
  • 2008 Casa em Santa Teresa in Rio, wins the 2008 Best Architecture Prize in Brazil
  • 2010 Casa de Ubatuba wins 2010 Best Architecture Prize in Brazil

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