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54 Landscape Architect and Specifier News This residential project shows how it is possible to create in a relatively small area a beautiful garden with all the necessary elements to perfectly use the best that nature has to offer. The home is in Campinas, Brazil, a municipality in the southeast region of the state of São Paulo. Campinas (pop. 1,080,999) is 52 miles north northwest of São Paulo, Brazil's capital city, and about 247 miles west of Brazil's iconic beach city, Rio de Janeiro. Campinas, as you note, is not some backwater. In 2010, Campinas gained official metropolitan status (RMC — Região Metropolitana de Campinas). The RMC includes 20 municipalities with an aggregate population of 2,976,433. The city is home to the University of Campinas (40,000 plus enrollment), one of South America's most prestigious public universities. Campinas ("grass fields" in Portuguese) was originally a landscape of thick subtropical forests (mato grosso) with numerous rivers and rolling hills of low-lying vegetation. Sadly, most of the pristine Campinas landscape is gone. One estimate puts the vegetation cover today at only five percent. The loss of vegetation has rendered the area susceptible to flooding and silt buildup. The swimming pool interior is faced with 2.5 x 2.5cm ceramic tile. The pool deck hardscape is white Portuguese mosaic and São Tomé white quartzite (1 x 0.50m). The wooden bench along the pool's linear edge was by designer Monica Cintra, who uses "raw wood discarded by nature" or leftovers from management areas certified by IBAMA (Brazilian Institute of the Environment and Natural and Renewable Resources). Note the substantial crack running most of the length of the bench abutting the pool. The wood deck and trellis (left) are other natural material elements. Carpentaria acuminate plams flank a Jabuticaba tree (Myrciaria cauliflora), offering some verticality to the linear design. A slightly different angle of the same area at dusk reveals the sauna/solarium and some attractive lighting effects. Pleomele reflexa, aka 'Song of India' is uplit against the house façade below the two small windows.