Brazil is a land of indoor-outdoor living. The country’s architects know a thing or two about how to open a space to the elements without sacrificing style and privacy. Bernardes Arquitetura recently completed the Poa House in Porto Alegre, Brazil, and it’s a gorgeously designed example of the style.
The 7,104-square-foot house features a single statement staircase that cuts through all three levels. The lower level houses the exercise room and office; the top floor is home to a large master suite; while the first floor is the centerpiece, with an expansive living room with walls that fully open onto the garden.
The architects designed the house with modern features (concrete walls, sparkling blue pool, sleek furniture), but included a touch of midcentury charm, which can be found in the home’s slanted, wood-beam ceiling and streamlined frame. The facade, too, is all about concrete and timber with smooth gray walls interrupted by wood brise-soleils that filter perfect shadows onto inside of the house.