In 2014 we received an indigenous group from the heart of the Amazon — indigenous of the Mehinako tribe — who built an Oca using materials found on the farm. The Oca is a traditional indigenous architectural structure that is at least 10 thousand years old. The piece has become a place of contemplation, a thread that connects us to ancient civilizations of Brazil and the world.
The main house was built in 1850 and has been preserved throughout the years. Today, it serves as the Fazenda’s meeting point, where one of our greatest treasures is kept: the kitchen. Classically decorated, featuring a fireplace and tables for enjoying meals; the house is an open living space that is always enlivened by the smell of flowers, herbs and fruits of the earth.
Our meeting room is located near to the Casarão (Colonial Main House), with large glass windows that provide a mix of light and views of the bush and a small garden next to the room where an avocado and lemon trees give us fruits all year round. With all wooden furniture made by artisans from Minas Gerais, it fits groups of up to 12 people, and has a projector and flipchart. In addition to offer a large and well-decorated space, it ensures privacy for conversations and work that require focus and concentration.
The art gallery was conceived by architect Sven Mouton as a “corridor of arts”, following the original meaning of an art gallery where visitors walk through the exhibit, as was the case in the covered archways or gallerias in the centers of Medieval Europe. Together with the reference to ancient monasteries and the use of the golden proportion, it also refers to the European influence of the colonial surroundings of the Fazenda. The inside of the art gallery was constructed with local bamboo, and is open to nature and the river. Its interior made of bamboo refers to the Oca, located on the opposite side of the gallery, a symbol of the original way of building of Brazilian indigenous people, making the art gallery the encounter of both worlds.
For their largest landscape project to date, the Campana Brothers have created a Bamboo Cathedral measuring 30 meters in diameter. The native bamboos are traditionally used to delimitate the borders among very extended properties, but in this case they have been planted in a form of a circle. The Cathedral occupies the top of a hill, to be seen from everywhere, and was idealized by the designers as a spiritual point of reference in the landscape, and used as such by the inhabitants of the houses scattered in the vast land around. The Cathedral is a space for meditation and art performance.
Rancho do Lago
The “ranch” is a beautiful structure that was built 50 years ago to feed the cows, a construction locally called “mangueira”. It is a rustic space that provides an extensive area of shade and protection from the rain and the sun so that the lake can be enjoyed every day. With a small support kitchen, with fridge, sink and stove, the ranch hosts informal lunches and meetings (for up to 30 people). Also typically included in the agenda is bathing in the lake during breaks and resting on the sun loungers. It can also be used as a covered space for music shows, yoga sessions, etc… The ranch is next to our chapel dedicated to Nossa Senhora Aparecida, strongly celebrated in the region.
We call Altão the highest location of the farm, on top of a mountain that allows for a breath-taking panoramic view. It is there that the farm’s emblematic art piece, the Portal do Sul, by artist Pasha Radetzki, is located. Accessible on foot or on horseback, Altão hosts picnics, meditations, stargazing and other contemplative activities, especially during sunset and its unmissable spectacle.