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The Planalto House, located in São Paulo, Brazil, is 600 square meters (approx. 6500 square feet) of magnificent Brazilian contemporary architecture designed by Flavio Castro. Situated on an 800-square-meter lot, the house is made up of two perpendicular structures with a large space left over for outdoor recreation.

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The upper, solid looking floor rests above the smaller, more open ground floor. The ground floor houses the public areas, while the upper floor contains the private family spaces.

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The outdoor space is completely private from the neighborhood letting the family of four enjoy the space without prying eyes.

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Skylights bring sunlight to the outdoor kitchen pavilion below.

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The previously mentioned outdoor kitchen lets the family have outdoor meals all year long no matter the weather.

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The social areas have no separation between indoors and outdoors thanks to the sliding glass doors that disappear and open the space up.

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The kitchen stays bright with the help of a long narrow backsplash made of windows.

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A massive pivoting door invites visitors to the home.

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Floating stairs lead to the rooftop deck.

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Photos by Nelson Kon.

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.