Who needs windows when you have an exterior like this? Brazilian architecture firm UABI designed this boxy house in Londrina, Brazil, with a facade that ties three materials together into a beautiful and unexpected package.
The outside of the house is a series of three volumes, each built from a different material. A concrete box sits atop a wood paneled square that runs flush to a vertical plane of bricks. Together, they look like a muted stack of Tetris blocks.
Walk inside the concealed front door, and the space opens up into a double-height entryway. The concrete floors are flanked by a mix of white walls and wood panels, which echo the facade’s playful use of materials.
Instead of leaving room for a yard, the architects designed the 2,476-square-foot home as a series of intersecting indoor and outdoor spaces. Sliding doors open onto a tree-lined terrace that runs the length of the house, which ensures that you’re always just a few steps away from glancing up at that lovely facade.