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.