Flavio Castro sees your windows and does you one better. The Brazilian architect and founder of FCstudio designed himself a one-bedroom house in São Paulo where nearly all of the walls open to the outside.
The aptly named Box House is a house that’s shaped like a box (duh). But what the simply shaped home lacks in geometric grandeur it makes up for in indoor-outdoor magic.
Castro designed the walls of his house to slide open on tracks. On the ground floor, the living room flows into the courtyard, where there’s a concrete patio, lush garden, and small pool. A precarious-looking floating staircase leads upstairs to the bedroom and another small hang out area whose open walls look out over the garden.
When the operable walls are open, the house is full of sunlight. When they’re closed, the sun is totally blocked on the upper level. Think of them as blackout curtains, only, you know, part of the home’s bones.