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chalets for community tourism
in cumbe

The project is located in Cumbe, a traditional community of quilombola descent, in the Northeast of Brazil, formed by approximately 150 families, mostly fishermen, artisans and farmers, who live on the banks of the Jaguaribe River. 

Recognizing the local demand and the profile of integration of the community with the natural environment, the project aimed to promote an alternative accommodation for community tourism. Thus, it was intended not only to discuss problems, but also to propose alternatives in a participatory and democratic way, building structures that permeate the physical environment of architecture and provide community strengthening.


The program was thought as independent modules (bedrooms, toilets - dry and wet, balcony, laundry and kitchen) which can be combined in different types, in order to better meet the characteristics of each terrain, with the continuous interconnection among design, construction and use.

combined modules

installation of the modules on chosen sites

The installations were designed based on the solar orientation of each site, where each typologies was arranged with the rooms facing the east and the bathrooms facing the west, in addition to the balconies serving as a factor of sun protection. The typologies that are located on sites that does not have a local support house were provided with a kitchen for greater independence. Those with a support house on the ground were provided with a dry toilet in a way of reducing water use and considering the fact that there are already wet toilets on the ground as a second option.

construction site

The concept of the project led as to use materials with less environmental impact, cheaper, easily available on site and that allow greater thermal comfort on the building. The chalets for community tourism were proposed as an open system for experimentation and personal appropriation of the space, since the construction.

water use

An important issue in Cumbe is the high value of piped water. Thus, the project has as one of the main guidelines to provide water use and greater financial savings, being a way for the visitor to have an experience with less environmental impact. The purpose of the technologies used is to make it possible that all the water used in the accommodation unit is not discarded but reused.

2018, project developed with Gabriela Masques, Igor Gonçalves and Lucas Cavalcante

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