Casa Bahia is nestled in an attractive setting of lush gardens, designed by architect Daniela Oliveira, the property is sited in Trancoso, a district in Southern Bahia, Brazil. The story of this home began with former journalist André Lattari who managed a hotel project in the charming inland state of Minas Gerais. It was there that he met architect Daniela Oliveira, who he had replace the interior of the hotel. The two worked together on many projects and eventually open an architectural studio in the region called “Village Life”. After living together for six years and spending plenty of time building for others, they decided it was time for them to build their own space in a gated community that André owned property in. It took them almost two years to finalize the construction documents and get the contract. During such time, the couple had made some sophisticated design solutions and made a financial reserve fund for the construction of this 4,725 square foot (439 square meters) home. The couple mixed their origins, with inherited family pieces that you would see in old mining farms to modern references and sustainable solutions. After taking a course in permaculture, André brought in inspiration with a mud wall in the living room. Wooden molds that were used in the preparation of the feature wall then served as the structure to the bathroom that is adjacent to the swimming pool.
Half of the shingles were re-purposed from demolitions of other properties. An aluminized blanket was used on the overlapping tiles to keep the water from penetrating through and causing a leak in the home. Inspired by local architecture, bay doors were incorporated into the design of the guest houses. The finished result is timeless architecture, mixing of design styles and salvaged materials applied where possible.
We presented another home some time ago here on 1 Kindesign from this same architect and in the same region, take a tour of this rustic home. We love the openness of the home, the indoor-outdoor connection, beautiful wooden floors and that mud feature wall in the living room was a super cool idea! … and the floating stairs adds a nice modern touch. What is your favorite feature of this home? Let us know in the comments section below!
An outdoor lounge and gourmet kitchen on this spacious deck and a beautiful sparkling pool are just some of the incredible features that this outdoor landscape has to offer.
Photos: Casa Abril
Apartment Brooklin is a two level contemporary home reflecting a cosmopolitan atmosphere, designed by AR Arquitetura & Design, located in Sao Paulo, Brazil. The property consists of 3,121 square feet (290 square meters) of living space, designed with cozy yet practical living environments to entertain family and friends. The decoration was to be timeless yet not too over done and reflect the homeowners passion for technology, travel, art and books. The architect creates living spaces that are bright and airy, filled with a neutral color palette and natural materials. Wood finishes can be seen throughout the home, with wood flooring running through the living room as well as some of the other spaces. The bedrooms reflect the styles of each inhabitant, through the finishes, textures and decor. On display in the home office are books and items picked up from travels as well as a collection of cameras, adding character to the space. An outdoor terrace can be seen through a wall of windows, visually connecting the outdoors with the interior. A panel feature wall of lush greenery works well for plants that need partial shade, which is kept watered through an automated irrigation system. Finally, the kitchen has been integrated into the canopy, serving as a gourmet space for entertaining guests and a pleasant space for family members to come together.
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This modern-lux apartment has been designed by architect and owner Ricardo Minelli, located in Vila Nova Conceição, an upscale district in Sao Paulo, Brazil. It took three years for the new homeowner to find the right place to settle down and two years to design it to perfection. The apartment is located on the fourth floor and features a welcoming balcony embraced by lush vegetation, creating a delightful backdrop, inviting diffused light into the living environments. The architect wanted to develop the spaces to cater to his lifestyle, so he re-configured spaces so that they could all be utilized. There were four bedrooms, so he kept two intact, one for him and the other for guests. The other two had the walls taken down to increase the space for the main bathroom and the other was used for the main living area. This created enough space to have a living, dining and home theater. The spaces are all open without visual boundaries, and is even more enjoyable with the view from the balcony, which helps to filter the noise and air pollution from the the city. The kitchen walls were also eliminated so that he does not isolate guests while cooking and entertaining them. Instead he installed a large sliding door, which is usually left open. With wall to wall windows, the kitchen sill plays host to a garden of fresh herbs. The personality of the interior design is reflected into the decor, with furnishings coming from his store, Érea. There are various tones of gray, reflecting more of a masculine atmosphere. The natural light helps to soften the spaces, making a great pad to live in.
We have written about several Brazilian homes here on 1 Kindesign, especially in the Sao Paulo area. If you want to see more inspiring design from this city, have a look: Fabulous dwelling on the Praia da Baleia, Brazil and Glass and steel dwelling in Brazil: Limantos Residence.
Casa Planalto is a magnificent modern house demonstrating seamless integration of indoor-outdoor living, completed in 2013 by FC Studio in Sao Paulo, Brazil. Designed as an urban house for a family, the interiors are comprised of 6,458 square feet (600 square meters) of living space. The home has been oriented so that the homeowners can enjoy the open space in the summer and winter but be protected from the elements by being under cover. Two large volumes run perpendicular to each other to demarcate territory as well as determining functions and usage of the spaces of the residence. “A rectangular prism perpendicular to the street contains private functions of the house, which occupies half the ground and releases other half for leisure and landscaping. another rectangular prism, but in different proportions, it contains functions and social service of the house “, states the architects. The upper volume seems to rest on the lower volume, generating a series of projections which reinforces the concept of this project. “The vertical movement is the point of contact between them”. All spaces seem to link together through doors and walls that move, which makes the home feel completely open to nature. This makes the home feel light and airy, showcasing crisp and clean interiors.
Earthy colors, textures and the transparency of materials were purposefully selected. “While transparency integrates concrete separates. The concrete walls divide the space, while the large sliding glass doors bring the landscape into the house. The materials are sincere. The concrete, glass, wood and steel are shown in its essence, without intermediaries,” explains the architects.
The home serves as a wonderful example of contemporary Brazilian architecture, where concrete and modernity go hand in hand, but connected with the environment, with the trees and the amazing natural surroundings.
Photos: Nelson Kon
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Trama Apartment was recently designed for a young couple in a natural and neutral color scheme by Semerene Interior Architecture, located in Brasilia, Brazil. The apartment is comprised of 753 square feet of living space with contemporary interiors and a unique design plan that meets the needs of its owners.
Description from the architect:
The apartment of 70 square meters (753 square feet), located in a newly built building in a new district of Brasilia, was designed for a young couple. Originally, the property was distributed into well-defined environments, including living room, kitchen, laundry area, two bedrooms and a toilet in the social area.
The new design should address the residents’ needs for fluid multipurpose spaces and at the same time, should translate into the lifestyle and emotional references of the couple. Thus, priority was given to free areas, integrated and multi-functional, adaptable to different scenarios of everyday life.
Upon entering the apartment, the barriers between TV room, dining room, kitchen and service area, dissolve from a permeable central layout. The metal frame unfolds in different roles: bookshelf partition, desk, and dinner table. An element that embraces the kitchen island and becomes the heart of the project.
The kitchen and the service area had their functions reduced to the essentials and brought together in one volume arranged linearly. The service area is easily camouflaged and converted into a background panel to the dining room.
The desk acts as a reversible environment through sliding panels, and can open up to the living room to fuse with other environments, or remain closed for more privacy.
We chose neutral and natural materials such as concrete and wood. The central metallic element brings an industrial character, typical of large cities, which contrasts with the vibrant colors present in objects, furniture and walls of the living room. The result is the freshness of an urban beach, so present in the memory of the residents.
Photos: Joana França
Tetris House is a modern wooden volume promoting indoor / outdoor living, architecturally designed in 2012 by Studio MK27, located in São Paulo, Brazil. Comprised of 6,673 square feet (620 square meters) of living space showcasing a warm and intimate open plan design, high ceilings and welcoming views out to the swimming pool and garden.
Description from the architect: A wooden volume in line with the eastern facade – with a little more 2.85 meters high and 19 meters long – rests within a ceiling height of 5.15 meters and 11.75 in the front. Configuring a permeable space between the entrance and the back of the lot, the living room is the emptiness that results from this organization of the plan on this lot. The space is delimited – together with the eastern facade – by a wooden shelf that contains the library and a fireplace. This is the architectural design of Tetris House, located in São Paulo.
The wooden Box on the lot shelters on the inside, the washroom, the stairs and the dining room, which opens entirely to the ample garden in the back, like an esplanade (terrace), looking from the inside in. (de dentro para dentro) The ceiling of this living room, a slatted wooden lining – creates a cozy, intimate sensation, contrasting with the spatial sensation of larger monumentality of the lot. The four bedrooms, including a master suite looking out to the garden in the back, are on the floor upstairs.
The seals – such as the wooden slats that function as a filter applied to movable panels– were designed to create greater comfort for the inner spaces. The sun’s heat, when the panels are closed, is retained by this type of brise soleil, while the wind continues to chill the inside. The shape of the lot, long and straight, has traced a longitudinal implantation of the house and the living room can have a cross-ventilation to the gardens.
The wooden lining of the ground floor is prolonged to the outside and becomes the very façade. The stone on the floor of the living room goes out to the terrace and the same material on the inner walls continues out to the façade. In this way, there is continuity not only of the circulation between the inside and out, but also of the materials, dissolving spatial limits.
Photos: Fernando Guerra | FG+SG
The arrival at House B+B – the access to the social area – is through an architectural trajectory, via an open ramp, located on the eastern side of the construction. This space is protected by hollowed-out concrete elements to the side, which create surprising effects of light and end up functioning as protection from bad weather conditions.
It is an interstitial space between the protected inside of the construction and the open garden. The ramp, long and smooth, extends the transition from interior to exterior creating the constant sensation of environment changing. This solution was vastly used by Brazilian modernism, which consecrated the radical use of ramps as a way of vertical circulation while reaffirming the Corbusian precepts of architectural promenade. There is an intentional uncertainty about the character of this space: internal or external?
The reference to modernism lies also in the wall of hollowed-out elements, renowned from the 30’s in Brazil, as a solution to be reproduced on large scale, very appropriate for the tropical climate since it allows for shading without blocking of the fresh breeze.
The social area of the house creates a sensation of coziness and comfort, in an open space, without any structural interference for the organization of the furniture layout. A 3.5 meters sliding door allows the kitchen to be completely integrated to the dining room. The counter used for food preparation is behind the window overlooking the ramp and receiving the ‘constructed’ light, filtered by the hollowed-out elements. Thus, the kitchen becomes a lit-up space and a pleasant ambient.
Different than the usual solution, the rooms are on the first floor – in direct relation to the garden – and can be also accessed internally via a staircase connected to the living room on the top floor. The wooden elements on this floor’s facade allow for the internal control of the sunlight and thus provides for a great thermal performance.
The use of ‘raw’ materials such as exposed concrete and wood give a lively aspect to residence, constantly changing over time. The architecture of B+B House sought to create a cozy, welcoming space, an intimate home as much for the daily lives of the residents as well as for the reception of friends in social gatherings.
Photos: Fernando Guerra
LP House is a contemporary property comprised of two concrete, wood and glass volumes designed by Metro Arquitetos Associados, located in Sao Paulo, Brazil. Comprised of 2,045 square feet (190 square meters) of living space this modern residence is surrounded by a wooded landscape and flooded with natural light.
From the architect: The architectural project for this house consists of two main volumes; ground floor and superior floor. The ground floor embraces the architectonical program of the house and is organized by a longilineal volume that incorporates all of the wet areas; two bathrooms, kitchen and laundry room. This main volume stretches along the whole extension of the house, parallel to the lateral border and demarcating the end and initial point of the terrain.
The main areas of the house, living room and bedrooms, open up towards the garden in a transverse direction to the wet areas. The elevated flooring, 45cm above the ground level, allows the front of the house to be used as a comfortable seating area facing the garden.
The whole structure of the house is made of reinforced concrete with a solid concrete slab and inverted beam. All enclosures are of concrete, glass and wooden panels. The superior floor, where the office is located, consists of a lighter construction, made out of steel panelling and metal structure.
The cantilever on both extremities and the narrow slit between the floor beam and the roof slab accentuate the idea of two independent volumes. The stairway is the element that unites both of these volumes, even if positioned on the outside of the house. This makes it possible to go up and down without the need for going inside the house.
A house made up of volumes that organize space and define its structure creates the desired design and a beautiful sinuous garden.
Photos: Leonardo Finotti
Toblerone House is a visually stunning modern home comprised of three horizontal concrete slabs with two distinct levels, designed by Studio MK27, sited in São Paulo, Brazil. The main concept of the dwelling can best be described as a unique image. The first floor is very open, featuring expansive sliding glass doors, supported by a wooden box delineated by concrete beams. The first floor houses the main living zones, which encompasses the living room, utilities and kitchen. Going up to the second level of the home, one will find the more private sectors of the home, which is made up of three bedrooms, a den and a cinema room.
The door frames on the first level are open which allows the living room to become a floor free from boundaries, completely open to the elements. “The simple architectural concept reminds of the Domino corbusian system, a type of manifestation about the free structure,” states the architect.
The shape of the plot set the tone for the design of the home, which had to be in a longitudinal format, allowing space on either side of the home for lush gardens. Although the architecture features simple, clean lines, the spaces end up being very complex. The veranda protrudes out from the living room to become a central living area with an outdoor fireplace. The office has been designed into the living room scheme, separated by a desk/bookshelf that almost reaches the ceiling. The office adjoins the backyard patio, featuring tropical plantings. On the second level, the master bedroom and en-suite bath opens out to the roof of the veranda, with views over the treetops.
The ground level offers excellent cross ventilation, providing thermal comfort to the homeowners, keeping the home cool all year round.
Photos: Nelson Kon
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