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A Modern, Brazilian Beach House With an Interactive Facade

09.21.21 | By
A Modern, Brazilian Beach House With an Interactive Facade
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Located in Xangri-Lá on the south coast of Brazil, the Ventura House is a modern retreat for family and visiting friends. Arquitetura Nacional designed the lakeside residence with a facade clad in 390 cement and fiberglass modules. The white modules do more than add a visual component, they pivot to control the light and privacy.

modern white house with diagonally slotted facade

The upper floor consists of four bedroom suites, spa, massage room and family TV room. The architects custom designed the modules to add a layer of privacy to these private areas, while the lower public level is open towards the rear of the house.

modern white house with diagonally slotted facade

side view of modern white house with diagonally slotted facade

The residents control the panels individually to direct light to the interior of the house.

angled shot of modern white house with diagonally slotted facade

back view of modern white house with diagonally slotted facade

walkway by side of modern white house with diagonally slotted facade

closeup of modern white house with diagonally slotted facade

covered parking area of modern beach house

modern interior with bright blue rug in modern house

interior view of modern living space open to outside

The ground floor consists of an open floor plan with the living room, dining room and kitchen connected. Sliding glass doors open these spaces to the covered patio space and to the pool.

interior view of modern living space open to outside

The wood slatted ceiling counterbalances the concrete floors creating a modern ambiance throughout.

covered living space of modern house that's part indoors and part outdoors

Surrounding vegetation adds privacy to the corner lot, which sees a lot of people passing by.

ground floor of modern house with sliding doors open creating outdoor space

view under modern house open to backyard pool via sliding glass doors

view under modern house open to backyard pool via sliding glass doors

modern galley kitchen with white cabinets and windows as backsplash

open stairwell in modern house

sunken living room in modern house

The upstairs TV room is a sunken living space making for a cozier family space.

minimalist bedroom in modern house

bunk beds in bedroom with tropical mural

closeup view of moveable facade light panels

interior hot tub by seating area

interior hot tub in modern house

view into massage room of modern house

modern bathroom in deep red

light-filled white bathroom in modern house

Photos by Cristiano Bauce.

Caroline Williamson is Editorial Director of Design Milk. She has a BFA in photography from SCAD and can usually be found searching for vintage wares, doing New York Times crossword puzzles in pen, or reworking playlists on Spotify.