Expansive Living: Multiple Volumes Create A Breezy Brazilian Home

Working around unique constraints presented by rugged landscape often brings the very best in architects and results in homes that reimagine conventional design. The irregular shape and sloped terrain of a corner lot in Bragança Paulista, Brazil meant that Reinach Mendonça Arquitetos Associados had to create an innovative home plan that overcame spatial and aesthetic hurdles. House EL is more a collection of 3 individual volumes rather than one flowing structure, which are interconnected using a series of courtyards, covered walkways and pergolas. Each of the volume serves a specific purpose with functionality defining the boundaries.



Multiple volumes shape stylish and open contemporary home













The main volume of the house in concrete and standing on steel columns contains 2 different levels and house the living area along with the main bedrooms. An entirely different volume contains the guest bedrooms along with the fabulous sauna and home spa. A glass pergola roof connects the main living area with the guest rooms while a central courtyard along with the pool and the garden interlink the separate units. A double height living area opens up to the outdoors with large glass doors and sweeping wooden windows allowing those inside to switch between unabated views and complete privacy. [Photography: Nelson Kon]

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Cantilevered concrete block on steel pillars


Concrete gives the interior a relaxing modern appeal


Double height living area with ample natural ventilation


Open double-height living area opens up to the lovely view outside


Shaded deck extends the living space outdoors


Stone and concrete create a unique fusion of materials


Sauna, spa and guest wing at the stylish Brazilian home


Sweeping balconies and open bedrooms at House EL

All volumes together result in an “L” site plan around the pool courtyard, on mid level of the terrain respecting the natural topography of the site. This arrangement prioritizes the external areas to the corners, propitiating a discreet and respectful relationship between the house and the neighborhood.

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Kitchen connected with the spacious deck and pool area


Shower area of the bathroom connected with the living wall outside


Pool and deck at the lavish home


Rear garden and pool of House EL


Unique landscape and gardens around the Brazilian home


Landscaped garden around the Brazilian home


Glass pergola connects the living wing with the guest wing


Entrance to House EL

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