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Architect’s own courtyard house does brick right

Brazil-based architect Bernardo Richter designed the 2,690-square-foot home with an eye to cozy proportions and livability.

Indoor-outdoor modern house hits all the right angles

The entire house is designed to face the expansive backyard, where a pool stretches for 82 feet.

Modern home was built to respect its hilly surroundings

Terra e Tuma designed the house to blend with the subtly sloping landscape.

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The 25 best things to do in Rio de Janeiro if you love design

As any Carioca will tell you, "You must go to Rio." And when you’re in Rio, these are the key places to go, things to do, and views to take in.

Modern home offers understated indoor-outdoor living

Its simple, open layout centers around the kitchen and dining room where large sliding doors open the dining table to the outdoors.

Sliding walls open this modern house to the outdoors

What the simply shaped home lacks in geometric grandeur it makes up for in indoor-outdoor magic.

377-square-foot apartment is super-optimized for all your needs

Designed for a young couple, the one-room home was optimized in every possible way, from daily living to entertaining to relaxation.

258-square-foot micro apartment is fashioned like a hotel

Because the owner only uses the flat to sleep, Casa 100 designed the home to be more like a hotel.

Modern city apartment is all about understated color

The São Paulo apartment prioritizes an open layout, natural light, and the controlled use of color.

Dramatic apartment renovation puts glass pool center stage

Designed by local practice Fernanda Marques Arquitetos Associados, the home in question is all the more impressive because it’s actually an apartment.

Modern house hides glorious tropical garden

Architect David Guerra puts a lush courtyard in the middle of this rectilinear home in Brazil.

Breezy modern house optimizes sunlight and views

Composed of a series of white rectangular volumes, the Brazilian residence provides privacy from the neighbors while framing open views to the nearby lake.

Efficient tiny apartment lives large with clever built-ins

The 410-square-foot apartment in a modern high-rise got an efficiency-minded renovation with a dash of style.

Modern home in Brazil plays up a vintage feel

The space is dominated by timber paneling and perforated wooden screens that cast a checkered light over the interior.

Gorgeous modern home celebrates raw brick and concrete

The home is arranged as two pavilions linked by an elevated concrete walkway.

May this bright São Paulo apartment be your color inspiration

While the home is filled with all manner of furniture styles, artwork, and personal artifacts, it never feels precious.

Renovated ’60s apartment showcases concrete details

Furnishings also take on an industrial look, featuring lighting in galvanized steel tubes, plus steel shelving and kitchen cabinetry.

Modern home in Brazil dazzles with perforated concrete facade

This gorgeous home is Brazilian-modern to the max, from the elegant pilotis to furniture by greats like Sergio Rodrigues—hailed as the father of Brazilian furniture design.

1940s modernist gem in Brazil gets gorgeous restoration and expansion

With pristine white surfaces accented by luxuriant wood in parts, and windows covered in a geometric grid of iron grills, the otherwise minimalist four-bedroom boasts bold details that breathe new, contemporary life into the residence.

Oscar Niemeyer's iconic Hotel Nacional reopens this weekend as luxury hotel

In 2009, a Brazilian businessman snapped up an ailing piece of Rio de Janeiro’s architectural history. On January 15, it will reopen for business.

Gorgeous modern home in Brazil dazzles in the sun

Designed by Equipe Lamas, the home features a simple construction of steel, concrete, and glass, with ceilings and windows trimmed with Ipe wood, and floors laid with red tile.

Stunning modern house in Brazil's rain forest has cozy sunken living room, green roof

What brilliant person would have ever thought to place a conversation pit in a house set in the jungle? That would be the folks at Studio MK27, the São Paulo-based firm led by Marcio Kogan.

You'll want to stay at this swanky São Paulo hotel by Philippe Starck

Developed by French entrepreneur Alexandre Allard, the Cidade Matarazzo-sited hotel boasts Pritzker prize-winning Jean Nouvel as an architect and French design bigwig Philippe Starck as its designer.

Three-story penthouse is all bookshelves and midcentury furniture

It’s hard to decide what to be more in awe of in this São Paulo penthouse: the cavernous space itself, with dramatic city views and entire walls of shelves, or the owners’ fetching collection of furniture, art, and objects.

Rio 2016’s logo is first Olympic branding to be 3D modeled

The logo was designed by Brazilian graphic designer Fred Gelli and his design studio Tátil after beating out nearly 140 other proposals.

Rio’s coolest Olympic houses for athletes, fans, and tourists

More than 30 countries have opened official themed residences at prime, often historically and culturally significant locations throughout the city.

Inside Canada's vibrant Rio Olympic House by Yabu Pushelberg

The duo behind their namesake firm Yabu Pushelberg were tasked with transforming a former athletic center from the 1960s into something "hip, modern and truly Canadian."

These prefab modular homes in a nature reserve are the ultimate escape

South American firm MAPA has unveiled two new prefab modular homes. The modular designs each feature five units, but the final results are quite different.

A yacht-inspired beach pavilion brings Danish design and culture to Rio

Copenhagen-based studio Henning Larsen Architects has created a pavilion on Rio de Janierio’s Ipanema Beach titled "Heart of Denmark" meant to act as a gathering place for athletes, fans, and tourists, as well as to promote the country itself.

Trippy cityscapes a highlight of Rio Olympics opening ceremony

Working with a limited budget, Brazilian filmmaker and director of Rio’s show Fernando Meirelles chose to invest in a powerful, versatile projection system. The results are mesmerizing as they are impressive.

Rio’s Olympic Boulevard unveils massive mural celebrating indigenous cultures

In honor of the Rio Olympics, Brazilian artist Eduardo Kobra recently unveiled a whopping 190-meter-long mural in the city’s port district. And it is stunning.

50 Instagrams of Rio de Janeiro’s amazing street art

The Olympic host city is perhaps best known for its breathtaking landscape and dreamy beaches, but any visitor to Rio will also be stunned by its vast array of elaborate, vibrant street art. Here’s a taste.

Watch Rio’s dynamic cityscapes in a mesmerizing ultra HD timelapse

This incredible timelapse video shows some of Rio de Janiero’s most iconic cityscapes in ultra high definition.

Rio versus São Paulo: An architectural rivalry

No where is the cultural rivalry of Rio and São Paulo more evident than in the architecture of the cities. Photographs from Paulo del Valle reveal the contrasting personalities.

25 Instagrams to get you excited for the 2016 Rio Summer Olympics

While some 500,000 tourists are expected to descend on Rio, for the rest of us, there’s Instagram.

How cities win and lose the Olympics

What Athens and London show us about how the Olympics can change cities for the better and, more often, for the worse.

Richard Meier's first South American building completes in Rio

Located in the affluent Leblon neighborhood, the boxy, seven-story, sustainable structure features many of Meier’s signature details, including white concrete, generous glazing, an open plan, metal railings, and clean, sharp geometries.

Watch how Google used backpack cameras to map Rio’s favelas

Since 2015, Google’s been working to put Rio’s favelas on the map—literally—to get the streets and businesses of 700-plus neighborhoods onto Google Maps, which up until a few years ago were cartographic holes on the internet.

At Rio Olympics, adaptable arena will host both basketball and fencing

The Youth Arena will host women’s basketball competitions as well as modern pentathlon fencing and wheelchair fencing events. In order to accommodate three separate events, the architects were faced with the task of creating a versatile and flexible space that could easily—and quickly—be adapted and transformed.