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A House with a Guarded Front and an Open Interior Courtyard

03.31.15 | By
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Brise’s House is a project completed by Brazilian architect Gisele Taranto in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The 1,245-square-meter (13,401 square foot) house is situated in a bustling area which meant that factoring in noise control was critical. The tall vegetation at the front of the house helps with that.

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The pivoting front door is set back within a raised corridor creating a dramatic entrance.

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The walkway to the entrance is lined with frosted glass panels that let you see the plants behind it, which creates a green facade surrounding the house.

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The rest of the facade is covered in movable shutters that act as noise filters, while at the same time letting light filter through.

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The entire house is built around a private, central courtyard. The interior rooms open up and extend out to the courtyard making the house feel that much larger.

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Photos by Denilson Machado from MCA Estudio.

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.