Architect Flavio Castro of
In pursuit of a brief construction period, Castro adopted prefabricated elements that are atypical to Brazil, and durable materials that included steel, concrete and glass. However, the fast tracked frame and hardy materials seem to fade away amongst the flourishing greenery that grows around.
Earthy toned furniture fits with the surrounding plants, whilst two crisp white
The property pushes up against the boundary on this side – leaving just enough room for a narrow border of tropical plants. Mini
To the side of the main living space, there is an outside dining area. A round table is equipped with five
The outdoor dining set is situated on a tiled
Fully retractable walls make for a seamless transition between inside and out – perfect for living in a hot climate.
When the doors are retracted, it’s the concrete perimeter that becomes the new walls of the house.
The textured concrete of the perimeter wall becomes part of the home decor, along with bright green veined leaves and striped grasses.
The neighbouring kitchen moves away from the bright white, red and blue colour story of the dining area and lounge decor, opting for a more shadowy brown-grey look instead.
The kitchen extends over three solid walls and a long peninsula.
The long narrow floor space of the
A large fridge-freezer eats up a chunk of cabinet space at one end of the kitchen run, along with an integrated microwave and oven.
The other side of some kitchen cabinets become decor. Modern art and lighting decorate the wood effect panels. A bathroom is concealed within a cabinet volume that matches the kitchen, just beyond the front door.
A second living room resides upstairs, overlooking the small garden. The upstairs lounge has a menagerie of modern furniture, including a couple of mismatched marble and wood coffee tables that have been set in an interlocking arrangement.
The varying colours of the curated furniture are uplifted by a blue-green area rug, which covers most of the rich stained wood flooring.
Another section of the floating staircase scales the wall here, leading to the roof, with nerve-racking views all the way down to the ground floor. This is built upon the wall that is in close proximity to the neighbours, thus making the most out of an opaque design restriction.
One towering vertical picture window adjacent to the steps, along with a stretch of windows above, make the staircase design into a lightwell.
A unique storage console holds books, art and plants.
Between the second lounge and the bedroom, a wall has been clad in the same wood effect material as covers the kitchen downstairs.
Nighttime reading material is stowed away inside an unusual headboard design, with angled wings attached at hinges. A modern
A headboard feature wall has been fashioned by hanging a collection of bevelled mirrors.
Nestled inside the storage ‘wing’ of the headboard is a
Sheer drapes shroud the window.
LED lighting glows along the top of a console unit underneath a wall mounted tv.
Brown-grey wood effect panels colour the tv wall decor.
A modern vanity unit is wall mounted below a floating mirror.
Climbing plants outside the window bring greenery to the wash space.
Another wash space has an extended version of the same wall mounted modern vanity unit.
The flat roof of the house is utilised as an outdoor entertaining area.
Large steel doors pivot to open the ground floor to the enclosed courtyard.
Corrugated steel doors wrap around the top storey of the home to completely block sunlight from entering the home horizontally – though three skylights still accept natural light into the bath and shower rooms.
Russet steel contrasts with the lush green plants of the courtyard.
A corridor of plants make living decor.
The private ‘Box House’ is concealed like a fortress from the neighbourhood.
A laundry, bathroom and a two-car garage complete the home.