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Inspired by Nature: Stunning Leaf House in Brazil

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The spectacular Leaf House was designed by Mareines + Patalano Arquitetura and is located in Angra dos Reis, close to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Its unique design is said to be inspired by Brazil’s Indian architecture and was envisioned in a way that counteracts the humid and hot climate which characterizes the area. Stretching over a surface of 8,600 square feet, this original looking beach home is covered by a giant leaf-shaped roof that isolates the building: The roof protects from the hot sun all the enclosed spaces of the house as the in-between open spaces, truly the most important ones. These in-between open spaces represent the essence of the design. They are the social areas, where the the owner of the house and his guests spend most of their time. The very generous heights of these spaces, which varies from 3 to 9 meters, allow the SE trade winds from the sea to pass perfectly longitudinally trough the building, providing natural ventilation and and passive cooling both to the enclosed and open spaces.

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There are no corridors and inside and outside are almost fused. Many sliding doors, most glazed, open up the enclosed spaces and let the sea breeze in. The landscape is everywhere on the ground floor, and the curvy swimming pool snakes into the house. When it passes below the formal dining room, it turns into a pond with aquatic plants and fishes, reaching the rear “veranda”. This veranda is a resting space with five Brazil’s Indian’s style hammocks. Mareines + Patalano Arquitetura calls this space “ Brazilian lounge”. Do you find this design appealing or too unconventional?

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16 responses to “Inspired by Nature: Stunning Leaf House in Brazil” - Add yours!

  1. June 4, 2011

    This property is truly stunning. Blown away! The architecture, the space, the light – and those views! Dang!

  2. faheem said:
    June 4, 2011

    Nature is a great architect and I think this home would be having some advantage over others in terms of stability etc

  3. RUTH said:
    June 4, 2011

    Am in love with the interior designs above. Keep up the good work of enlightening people on how to design their homes.

  4. June 4, 2011

    Hello

    I am a Brazilian architect and am very happy to see a professional of our country mentioned in your post here.
    Brazil has excellent professionals and designers in the area, few know that pain in the world with that idea that Brazil is still only slum, robbery and murder.
    So I am immensely happy to see this post showing that we also have great works to be shown.
    Congratulations on your initiative

    Hugs

    Jane

  5. June 4, 2011

    The woodworks and construction are beautyfull. Design inspired by nature!
    it’s a privilege to design it.
    it’s a dream to live in it.

  6. Jill Seidner said:
    June 5, 2011

    Amazing house! Love how it is nature inspired and blends with the topography! Thanks for featuring!

  7. June 5, 2011

    Incredibly creative design! Love seeing the concept drawings! Fantastic!

  8. Lavinia said:
    June 5, 2011

    @Janete,

    happy you like our post.

    perhaps you can recommend some projects belonging to architects you know.. :)

  9. julian letelier h. said:
    June 5, 2011

    Where you look, in this house, this thought in detail peace and quiet, very inspired and natural! a great pleasure to meet people who have the gift of design, a fraternal arm!

  10. June 5, 2011

    One of the most beautiful houses I’ve ever seen!

  11. Sergey said:
    June 6, 2011

    King regards!

  12. Milichka said:
    June 6, 2011

    This is by far the best house I’ve seen on your site. Absolutely stunning! When can I move in?

  13. June 6, 2011

    This is a stunningly beautiful house. Very original, well thought out, and creative. I wish it were mine:)

    A lot of food for thought. A “green” design with fresh execution. A breath of fresh air from all the housing communities where all the houses look the same on the outside. I’d love to get a hard look at the interiors up close. I think it could use some more color.

  14. Dan Martin said:
    June 7, 2011

    Beautiful home, amazing design that does a great job of bringing the outside in and inside outside.

  15. June 7, 2011

    Incredible! It is amazing that most designs, architectural or otherwise are derived from natur.IAs Ia designer, I turn to it for inspiration constantly!Publisher,familyfirepit.com

  16. tamires said:
    June 12, 2011

    linda a casa!!!

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