Framing the Landscape: Brazilian Houses With Stunning Openings

In tropical climates like Brazil, designing houses requires a special attention to openings. This is both for the functionality and conviviality of the house as well as environmental comfort. We present 16 Brazilian homes that make the most of these openings to create beautiful, well-lit, ventilated and cozy environments.

The openings serve two purposes: they allow for ventilation and natural light to enter the project. On the other hand, these openings also reflect the level of intimacy one wishes to have with the outside. The hierarchy of views is determined by design choices when framing scenes or determining the level of intimacy. Its strategic location also determines the path and intensity of light and shadow.

The act of designing is closely associated with openings in works by renowned European architects like Mies Van der Rohe or Alvaro Siz, but it is essential in projects in tropical climates such as ours. This selection of projects, regardless of the context, shows that it is possible to create strategic openings in residential buildings, despite being on large lots or small houses.

House in Rifaina / Cacau Ribeiro Interiores

Casa e Rifania / Cacau Ribeiro Interiores. Image © Lígia Cordeiro
Casa e Rifania / Cacau Ribeiro Interiores. Image © Lígia Cordeiro

Mirador House / KS arquitetos

Casa Mirador / KS arquitetos. Image © Roberta Gewehr
Casa Mirador / KS arquitetos. Image © Roberta Gewehr

B House / AR Arquitetos

Casa B / AR Arquitetos. Image © Maíra Acayaba
Casa B / AR Arquitetos. Image © Maíra Acayaba

CS House / Estúdio Penha

Casa CS / Estúdio Penha. Image © Fran Parente
Casa CS / Estúdio Penha. Image © Fran Parente

Casa Luar / Coelho Neto Arquitetura

Casa Luar / Coelho Neto Arquitetura. Image © Tatiana Galindo Fotografia
Casa Luar / Coelho Neto Arquitetura. Image © Tatiana Galindo Fotografia

Casa EL / MBBR Arquitetos

Casa EL / MBBR Arquitetos. Image © Jefferson Ohara
Casa EL / MBBR Arquitetos. Image © Jefferson Ohara

C House / Studio Arthur Casas

Casa C / Studio Arthur Casas. Image © Fernando Guerra FG + SG
Casa C / Studio Arthur Casas. Image © Fernando Guerra FG + SG

Bridge House / Leo Romano

Casa da Ponte / Leo Romano. Image © Edgard Cesar
Casa da Ponte / Leo Romano. Image © Edgard Cesar

Nita Residence / Aedifex

Residência Nita / Aedifex. Image © Carolina Tomaselli
Residência Nita / Aedifex. Image © Carolina Tomaselli

Colina House / BLOCO Arquitetos

Casa Colina / BLOCO Arquitetos. Image © Haruo Mikami
Casa Colina / BLOCO Arquitetos. Image © Haruo Mikami

NH House / Atelier Daniel Corsi + Dani Hirano

Casa NH / Atelier Daniel Corsi + Dani Hirano. Image © Nelson Kon
Casa NH / Atelier Daniel Corsi + Dani Hirano. Image © Nelson Kon

Vila Madalena House / Gui Paoliello Arquiteto

 Casa Vila Madalena / Gui Paoliello Arquiteto. Image © Manuel Sá
Casa Vila Madalena / Gui Paoliello Arquiteto. Image © Manuel Sá

Rolim House / Sabiá Arquitetos

Casa Rolim / Sabiá Arquitetos. Image © Manuel Sá
Casa Rolim / Sabiá Arquitetos. Image © Manuel Sá

Cotia Library Garden / IPEA

Biblioteca Jardim / Cotia de IPEA. Image © Dalton Bertini Ruas
Biblioteca Jardim / Cotia de IPEA. Image © Dalton Bertini Ruas

OS House / Jacobsen Arquitetura

Resdiência OS / Jacobsen Arquitetura. Image © Fernando Guerra FG + SG
Resdiência OS / Jacobsen Arquitetura. Image © Fernando Guerra FG + SG