This gorgeous home is Brazilian-modern to the max, from the elegant pilotis supporting the main rectangular volume to furniture by greats like Sergio Rodrigues—hailed as the father of Brazilian furniture design. But the defining feature of Casa Clara is its facade made of cobogo, perforated concrete blocks that originated in Brazilian architecture in the 1930s.
Here, the architects at Brazilian firm 1:1 Arquitetura:Design updated the cobogo concept with a simple geometric block design in an earthy red hue. By placing the blocks in different orientations, the designers created a unique asymmetrical latticework shading the home’s interior and offering some privacy to its occupants, a family of four.
The 960-square-foot home’s entrance opens into the main open living area and kitchen. With floor-to-ceiling windows on three sides (one shielded by a cobogo screen), the room becomes a geometric play of light and shadow. Opening the windows creates a handy natural ventilation system drawing cool air through the space.