Casa MM is a modern single family property that has been designed by the Brazilian architectural studio Dayala+Rafael Arquitetura, situated in Goiânia, Brazil. Upon entrance to this spectacular home, one is welcomed by an enormous wooden door that spills into a beautiful living room with light colored stone flooring. The residence showcases very spacious interiors with soaring ceilings and tall expanses of glass walls emitting plenty of natural light and blurring the lines between indoors and out. The sliding glass panels allows the homeowners to be connected to nature and is perfect for entertaining indoors and out. The beauty of this home not only lies in the exterior, but extends to the exterior with lush landscaping and a wonderful lap pool for the homeowners to get plenty of exercise.
Photos: Leandro Moura
Designed by Sarmento Melo Architecture this country weekend retreat is located in the region of Macacos, in the district of São Sebastiao das Águas Claras, Nova Lima – Minas Gerais, Brazil. This 3,013 square foot (280 square meters) house was idealized by the owners to be a place to getaway for the weekend, a meeting place for leisure with their large family and many friends.
The house is inserted into an extremely steep terrain privileged but surrounded with stunning views to the Atlantic Forest and the sea to the mountains of Minas, architects Ana Cristina Faria and Maria Flávia Melo were guided by the demands of family, developing a project to be built in stages, and idealized a complex guest house, recreation area and main house (still not completed yet), exploiting and enhancing existing natural features. Thus, an implementation was adopted against the views of the mountains and forests, the longitudinal field, in order to minimize the movement of the earth, despite the steep terrain, buildings without plans and movement between buildings and recreational area that is basically in the same ground level without this, significant changes were made to the topography.
The architects proposed volumetric architectural and constructive simplicity: a large vertical plane (wall) and visually defines constructive orientation of the main building - longitudinal and east to west; orders the gabled roof in just simple cuts and without defined sectors - in front of the “wall” is the recreational sector and private spaces; behind and across the sectors of service and support are located. Therefore, the layout of the rooms is simple, logical and orderly. The same architectural elements defined and ordered the small guest house: the social area in front and behind the “wall” above average level (sitting on floor) are the suite and bathroom. Ceramic tiles in opposite directions cover these two blocks.
Looking to create a cozy and rustic atmosphere, at about the same time thinking of an appropriate and functional contemporary home in time, the architects proposed the use of hand-carved wood to encase entire structural systems and the bulk of buildings, doorways and windows, stairs and other minor details like shelves, counters , main furniture and cabinets. For this reason, during the work , which was closely followed by the architects, they hired a team of skilled workers in building with wood, from southern Bahia and staying for months at the store, making a neat job work. This wooden structure, for example, are not apparent screws or tools: the whole system is done through sockets, slots, and internal plates junction, following the constructivist tradition of old coffee and cocoa plantations within Brazil and buildings without interior architects.
Being a weekend house, the recreational area was intended as the main attraction of the constructed set. The large swimming pool in L, vinyl coated, is located in the center of the buildings and in front of the view: it converges playroom, gourmet space, sauna and guest house. Its largest is for swimming and jumping, but the minor axis of the pool, with a depth of 50 cm, integrates with sauna and spa with a grill, which was designed primarily for adult relaxation.
From the wood structural system, the sealing elements explicit intention of developing their views in the house, as well as attention on the thermal comfort: the sunny traditional masonry facades are brick clay Massif (more heat) and revoked painted, but all the extra length of the front facades of buildings, oriented to the south (hence no sun in Brazil), and facing the mountains, is sealed in glass drawing in its immediate surroundings and the distant landscape.
Reinforcing the proposed initial concepts, all other details and finishing and coating materials were designed with the aim of fostering and practicality, tradition and modernity. In itself, the wood continues to be used as the lining of all environments, including railings, and floor heating the room and every residence as intimate TV room and loft. In kitchen areas, large slabs of black granite were the option for strength and easy cleaning. In the bathrooms, floors adopted hydraulic tiles, rescuing the tradition of building the start of the twentieth century. The walls of wetlands mixed in glass inserts and gypsum, contemporary coatings harmonized constructively with materials of more rustic character.Large living and leisure areas, internal and external, are rustic but contemporary.
Complementing the architectural design project was the outside landscaping by landscapers Thiers Mattos and Flávia Rennó and outdoor lighting by Mônica Rohlfs. In landscaping, the exuberance of Brazilian flora species was valued. The vast gardens of bromeliads, palms, swords of San Jorge, among others. Apart from their beauty, species are suited to the local climate, are resistant to strong sun by day and cool nights in the mountainous region of Macacos. In lighting, lights were directed to large flat walls and vegetation, buildings and enhances the pool, but does not hide the pleasure of seeing the wonderful sky that can be viewed here.
Photos: Gustavo Xavier
Casa HS na Quinta da Baroneza is a beautiful countryside home that has been designed by Studio Arthur Casas, built to be completely open to a beautiful golf course just outside of São Paulo, Brazil. The program is quite extensive, comprised of over 10,764 square feet (1,000 square meters) of living space. Its understanding is quite simple though: a volume for the children and guests, another one for the couple and the common spaces of the house. The dichotomy between these two programs generated a horizontal volume for the guests in contrast to a cube that hosts the parents, both are completely open to the landscape.
The couple hosts a lot of guests, but in the weekends where they’re by themselves they didn’t want to lose the domestic scale of the house. The solution found was to have all the necessary programs of the house in the first volume, with living room, dining room and kitchen on the ground floor, home theater and the master bedroom in the first floor.
Between the first volume and the guesthouse a patio establishes the boundaries of the programs. A retractable roof allows the sun and the wind to penetrate the space that has a vertical garden and a water basin.
Seen from the street, the house is a discrete building, with a long facade made out of perforated metal panels, protected from the view of the street by the landscape design with several trees and bushes. These panels can be opened revealing the bedrooms, large sliding doors integrate them with the corridor. Glass sliding doors also integrate the corridor with the landscape, transforming the volume in a pavilion completely open to nature.
In front of the guest pavilion a large wooden deck extends to the swimming pool, a space open to the golf course.
The living room has a Double height ceiling, with 6 meter tall glass doors that slide to the side integrating the space with both the terrace and the wooden deck.
Underneath the house there’s a private gym, sauna and technical spaces, forming the base of the house that takes profit of the high inclination of the terrain. On the side of the street the house appears as a low and long horizontal line, from the golf course the volumes sit upon a stone base, with a large water basin in front of it bringing lightness to the building
This house has a large variety of paths inside a rich program, through a simple design that allows a clear reading of the functions, an architecture that is open to contemplate nature.
Offering indoor / outdoor living at its finest, BT House has been designed by São Paulo, Brazil based architect Guilherme Torres, who has developed ideas which fuse the modern and the traditional. Guilherme’s own house, designed by the architect himself, bears a checkered wood design, a kind of brise soleil called muxarabie, which is a classic feature in Eastern architecture. It was later assimilated by the Portuguese, who brought it to Brazil. This element, with its powerful aesthetic appeal, was adapted to this residence in the South of the country, and acts as a wooden ‘curtain’, allowing air flow, dimming light and also serving as a security feature.
“As soon as I saw the gently sloped plot surrounded by other houses, the idea of this large panel came to me, to ensure privacy for both them and their neighbors.” This monumental house stands out as a huge rectangular monolith with two large brickwork blocks in contrast with the upper volume in concrete. A few columns, huge spans and strategic walls create exquisite fine gardens that make up a refuge for this young couple and their two small children.
The decoration follows a jovial and Brazilian style with an alliance of Guilherme Torres’ design, including sofas and tables, and other great names of Brazilian design such as furniture designed by Sérgio Rodrigues and Carlos Motta. The composition of overlapping these Brazilian styles with international design is balanced by pieces from Tom Dixon and Iranian carpets, all sourced by the architect. The garden, designed by Alex Hanazaki has given the house an ethereal atmosphere due to the movement of Texan plume grass.
Photos: Denilson Machado
MINIMOD is a modular home designed and built for relaxed, off-the-grid living, designed by MAPA Architects, situated in Maquiné – Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil. This 290 square foot (27 square meters) module proposes an innovative, intelligent and sustainable alternative of dwelling. Starting from a minimal module, MINIMOD invests in customization, design and sustainability. The production is carried out in a prefabricated manner and enjoys the steel frame system technology, which lets the client adapt the space to his needs, choosing among different finishes, as well as automation options.
Depending on the composition of the modules, MINIMOD can vary the uses ranging from a compact refuge for weekends, a small showroom for events, up to hotels and inns, combining a larger number of modules. The modules are 100% prefabricated and elevated to a determined place by truck or disassembled into smaller pieces and taken to the ground for final assembly.
The expansion and addition of new modules can be performed either at initial installation or in the middle of the process, according to the needs and budgets of the client.
MINIMOD is more than a product of design, is more than a house. It’s practicality combined with comfort, it’s economy allied to nature, it’s a unique experience of housing and contemporary living.
MINIMOD centralizes production and reduces the emission of CO2 in the atmosphere. The home features a rainwater harvesting mechanism through the green roof. The house is slightly elevated to avoid moisture from penetrating the interior. Ventilated facade gives thermal and acoustic comfort. When night falls, this modular home uses LED lamps to illuminate its interior.
The MINIMOD enjoys the benefits of dry construction technology: quick, clean and efficient. Entirely manufactured and pre-modulated it is easily adaptable to customer needs. Mounted and manufactured in accordance with the premises of the project, it can be transported entirely or in parts.
Photos: Leonardo Finotti
Bosque da Ribeira Residence is a modern Brazilian home designed by Anastasia Arquitetos, situated in a residential neighborhood in Nova Lima, a city near Belo Horizonte. The 7,000 square foot (650 square meters) residence is at the limit of an allotment, adjacent to an environmental reserve. Thus the residence seeks to create a visual interface and harmonious deployment with the environment, taking full advantage of covered of the forest and featuring a staggered volumetry, decreasing the higher volumes observed in the street. The landscaping designed for the residence complements the relationship with the forest.
The leisure area, swimming pool and terrace are focused on the landscape, with privacy preserved by the slope, and, as well as the social area, are covered. To protect it from sunstroke north, coincident with sight, we created a balcony with two levels of coverage, to light up the room without direct solar irradiation, and zenithal illumination protected by wooden pergolado in the lounge.
The house is organized as follows: sauna and rest at street level (basement), social area on the ground floor, 4 meters higher than the street, and private areas on the second floor.
Photos: Jomar Braganca
Jaragua Residence was built for a young couple of entrepreneurs and their two children by architect Fernanda Marques, and is located in Alphaville, a residential area on the outskirts of the city of São Paulo, Brazil. The comfortable home with contemporary lines projects a feeling of spaciousness, with 12,916 square feet (1,200 square meters) spread out over three levels. “I concentrated all my choices in view of this objective,” comments the architect, who, from the constructive side opted for a distribution on three levels and terraces widely distributed throughout all the length of the top floor, in order to open up the view to the beautiful scenery that unfolds from the hill, where the property is located. “For the interiors, I imagined large spaces, developed in continuity, without boundaries” she says.
Thus, on the ground floor, Fernanda concentrated living room, fireplace room, dining room, home theater room and lunch, plus kitchen, office, wine cellar, with compartments at different temperatures, headgear, washrooms and dependence on employees. As an invitation to leisure moments, a large swimming pool opens onto the front terrace. Already on top, is the intimate area of the house, consisting of three interconnected suites, a family room and terraces. In the lower floor, are garage and a storeroom.
Contemporaries — as the lines of the construction — furniture design and art are mixed in the design of interiors, to compose a relaxed ambiance, but no less sophisticated. “I tried to create a sort of internal topography, with furniture in continuity solution and with slight variations in height, almost at ground level,” explains the architect who, in addition to large international brands, equipped the house with their own creations, such as hers stools of stainless steel.
Common to all spaces, the height of the interiors is one of the biggest attractions of the project. In particular in the living room, which has double height. “In this project, the natural light is present in all areas, but never in a direct way. There are very specific situations of light, derived from the shape of the building as well as from the design solutions,” says Fernanda, highlighting the facades equipped with a line of designed windows in aluminum.
Essential to the achievement of lighting conditions searched for the architect, her choice of finishes (both external and external) favored neutral colors, highlighting the white and the sand. Present, for example, in the floors made of limestone, in the white walls painted in acrylic and in the wood paneling found in most interiors spaces. From a deep indigo blue, the pool serves as a counterpoint. “But without producing major disruptions,” concludes Fernanda.
Photos: Fernando Guerra
Limantos Residence is a contemporary glass and steel dwelling designed by architect Fernanda Marques in the upscale neighborhood of Cidade Jardim (Garden City) in the West Zone of São Paulo, Brazil. The single family residence consists of 8,826 square feet (820 square meters) of living space, spread out over three levels on a steep 8,395 square foot (780 square meters) plot. The house is comprised of 13 rooms: living, dining, kitchen, mezzanine, kids’ playroom, three bedroom suites, powder room, two staff suites, plus laundry and garage. The family engaged Fernanda Marques to create a home – both the architecture and interior are by Marques – that functions well as an everyday residence for the active family, but also lends itself to frequent entertaining. Marques achieved a beautiful balance between maximum transparency and privacy, and managed to insert the building into a challenging plot while preserving the existing trees. Using glass, steel, and concrete, Marques created a timeless house in the spirit of Mies van der Rohe who was the architect’s inspiration for this project.
Photos: Fernando Guerra
Residencia Vaz 478 is a stunning modern beach retreat designed by Patricia Bergantin Arquiterura, surrounded by native bush in Iporanga, São Paulo, Brazil. Two elements of the design stand out from the client request: a cleaner and modern house and creating a gourmet space, integrated into the external pool. The linear volume house was emphasized by a big box on the porch. In addition to unifying the design of the house the porch also had the role of serving as a large balcony to the master suites and to also protect the large opening of the living room from the sun, especially when it is fully opened. The interior showcases the combination of elegant furniture without ostentation and a palette of neutral colors with light wood paneling and Brazilian ethnic art pieces, creating pure and simple indoor environments.
Photos: Courtesy of Patricia Bergantin Arquiterura
The AMB House is breathtaking Brazilian jungle house situated on the coast of São Paulo, Guaruja City in the middle of the Atlantic Forest, designed by Architects Bernardes + Jacobsen. From the street you can only see one of the three floors of the house because the terrain has accentuated slopes that give different views of an almost untouched natural landscape. The most common situation, where the rooms are upstairs and social rooms are downstairs, was reversed on the design of this residence. On the entrance of the house the hallway serves as a mezzanine overlooking the double ceiling living room and wood frame glass windows with a view looking at the swimming pool and the forest. In the lateral of the hall, the balcony outside is surrounded by large wooden bench, serving as a protection.
In the intermediate floor are the social areas: the living room and dining room, which join the outdoor kitchen, outdoor deck and infinity swimming pool. Downstairs is the intimate area with five suites. It is this strategy of reversing the usual array of social and intimate area that makes the rooms, even overlooking the sea, have the privacy afforded by the trees that are at that level.
This is how the house shows its relationship with the local landscape, barely visible through the dense forest in the access road, but grows and can be seen on the other side along with the look of a coastline and a stunning tropical forest.
Entering the house, a mezzanine overlooks the double height living room.
The house can be called the balcony house with large glass panels that allow visual contact with the surrounding areas of the residence and the natural landscape of the region.
The windows of the rooms have wooden Cumarú shutters. This wood is also present on the deck of the balconies and floors of rooms. In the living room two bamboo plants sprout from the middle of the floor, bringing the forest into the house.
The deck extends the space laterally along the hillside, opening views to the sea.
Photos: Leonardo Finotti