There are many beautiful contemporary homes all over the world and their designs vary regardless of the location, culture or influences. To better illustrate this idea we have selected 10 contemporary houses, all located in Brazil. As it usually happens, they share a series of similar characteristics but they also each have their own unique elements.
1. The Ipês House by StudioMK27.
Our first selection is an exposed concrete home with an innovative design in terms of material selection and overall structure. The house resembles a large concrete box floating above a glass volume. It has a compact look and a functionally structured interior with large, continuous spaces alternating with well-defined private spaces.
2. The Grecia House by Isay Weinfeld.
This house is located in Sao Paulo and it was designed for a client who wanted a large house that would allow him to enjoy the company of all his kids and friends. The architects organized a series of ample social spaces for this purpose, including a cinema room, a recreation room for the children and a sauna. The client also requested a gym and a long swimming lane that would allow him to be dynamic and active.
3. Loft Bauhaus by Ana Paula Barros.
Located in Brasilia, this residence has a design inspired by the famous Farnsworth House by Mies Van der Rohe. It’s characterized by an open floor plan, ribbon windows and a transparent façade. It features clean, geometrical lines and a combination of natural materials such as stone, iron and wood. It’s also a sustainable house being suspended on a platform to help regulate the temperature.
4. The Maritimo House by Seferin Arquitectura.
This residence was designed with two separate volumes. The first one is a two-story brick block and the other one only has one level. Each volume has a specific function and houses specific areas. For example, the tall block includes the living room, dining room, gourmet kitchen, a balcony, a terrace and a porch while the second one contains the service areas, a guest suite and the bedrooms.
5. The Iporanga House by Nitsche Arquitetos Associados.
This particular residence is located in Guarujá, Brazil, in a protected area with native forests. It’s why the owner requested a house that would occupy as little ground space as possible. He wanted a house with 5 suites which determined the architects to design 3 levels. One houses the social areas, another one for the private spaces and the third one for guests and service and storage facilities.
6. The JE House by Humberto Hermeto.
The Je House sits on an irregular terrain and this made it impossible for the architects to design a continuous volume. It’s why they split the residence into two separate structures. One contains 5 suites, a large living room and a service area and the other one is a large art gallery.
7. House in Santa Teresa by SPBR Architects.
This contemporary house is situated in a historical neighborhood from Rio de Janeiro and it offers panoramic views of the old downtown. It has two levels, one for the bedrooms and the office and another one for the living areas featuring floor-to-ceiling glass walls with panoramic views on all sides.
8. The Itu House by Maristela Faccioli Architecture.
This one is a week-end house and it’s surrounded by trees and vegetation. The client was determined to maintain the lot as green as possible and to preserve as much from the natural environment on the site as possible. The legislation was very clear and imposed a series of rules that needed to be respected so the architects had to find a way to combine those requirements with what the client wanted.
9. House Carqueija by Bento+Azevedo Architects.
House Carqueija is a white structure located in Camaçari, Brazil. The exterior is almost entirely white with the exception of a wood-paneled wall. The interior follows the same pattern and the result is a minimalist residence with a bright décor and beautiful green vegetation around it. The contrast is very refreshing.
10. A residence in Belo Horizonte by Anastasia Architects.
Our last choice is a two-story residence with a compact, rectangular floor plan, large doors and windows and a beautiful pergola. It has a large porch swing and features a beautiful indoor-outdoor connection enhanced by the existence of both interior and exterior living areas. The interior is well planned and proportioned and this allowed the architect to also ensure a best possible use of the external areas.