Brazilian modern houses

— 12 Jan 2020, 16:08 by Magnus Strom

MK27 Paraty House

As architects, we always look for inspiration, and keep our eyes open for great houses that are being built around the world. Brazil is a place where there are many great houses being built. Brazil’s architectural history is dominated by Modernism, and builds on the legacy of great architects like Oscar Niemeyer, Lina Bo Bardi, and Paulo Mendes Rocha.

Modernism here took a slightly different language to that of Europe, steered by the tropical climate and environment. It was often categorized by geometric concrete forms that offered a juxtaposition to the lush landscape.

The houses of today, and the ones we admire, are perhaps more linear in form and blur the lines between inside and outside living. Latticed facades and brise-soleils help to offer shading from strong sunshine and heat.

Our favourite architects are Marcio Kogan (MK27), Jacobsen Arquitectura, Arthur Casas and Isay Weinfeld.

MK27 are perhaps the most well-known architect, and he has gained an international following and portfolio, with his beautiful houses spanning the last 10 years.

Notable projects are

  • Paraty House. This house is the one that really shot Marcio Kogan and MK27 to fame in 2009. The juxtaposed concrete sleeves jut out of the jungle and cantilever over a private beach.
  • Planar House. This house is essentially two horizontal concrete planes. Between these planes are two wooden-clad boxes that contain all the different rooms of the house, except the living accommodation which simply sits between the horizontal planes. It is enclosed by sliding screens which open up and slide into pockets, allowing the entire living room to be completely open.
  • Sand House is a timber portal-framed structure that provides a complete solar shading envelope, creating a sheltered platform – one simply lives inside, or outside. Two concrete volumes contain all the enclosed living functions, and the house meanders from inside to outside.

Jacobsen Arquitectura

What we love about Residencia FL is the floating roof, with a very slim edge, sailing across a stone wall and sliding glazing screen. The large roof provides shading and the timber ceiling is a beautiful link between inside and outside.

Isay Weinfeld

Casa Grecia is designed as house to be enjoyed as a family with a focus on the children. We love the long 3-lane swimming pool and its relationship to the house.

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