© Joana França

Tropical Shed by Laurent Troost

Located in a popular and industrial district of the city of Manaus, characterized by row houses and warehouses of all kinds, this project of an archeology office together with a leisure area is a reinterpretation of the industrial typology to create a manifesto of the necessary rapprochement between Urban and Nature, especially within the capital of the Amazon.

Architects: Laurent Troost
Location: Manaus, Brazil
Photography:  Joana França

This leisure area works both for the house on the neighboring and interconnected lot where the owners live, as well as a lounge area for the office located at the back of the lot. In practice, the leisure area table also became a meeting and/or workspace adapted to the post-pandemic “new normal” because it is airy and outdoors.

At the back of the lot, the archeology office occupies the central span with work and meeting tables, while a solid brick wall winds between the interior and exterior to define the gardens and technical spaces (bathroom, pantry, storage) on the sides of the lot. The double-height of part of the office allows for more light and spaciousness in this plot of just over 5m wide.