An Incredible Brazilian Home That Celebrates Art, Travel, and Nature

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By Sarah Akkoush / Published by Dwell
In Franca, Brazil, mf+arquitetos designs a unique residence for their art-loving client in just five months.

With a goal of blurring the lines between indoors and outdoors, mf+arquitetos was recruited to design a personal residence that would be architecturally simple and timeless, as well as integrated with nature. Adorned with a personal collection of art, photography, and sculpture, the single-level dwelling, dubbed the "Collector’s Nook," was designed to be a reflection of the client’s affinity for traveling, exploring, and learning. The 1,399-square-foot home is now a gathering place for these ideas and a platform for eternalizing memories through art and design that tell a story.

An Incredible Brazilian Home That Celebrates Art, Travel, and Nature - Photo 1 of 14 - In addition to adding visual intrigue, the slatted-wood facade is quite functional. It screens direct sunlight in order to create a cooler, more pleasant indoor environment.

In addition to adding visual intrigue, the slatted-wood facade is quite functional. It screens direct sunlight in order to create a cooler, more pleasant indoor environment.


An Incredible Brazilian Home That Celebrates Art, Travel, and Nature - Photo 2 of 14 - The living area incorporates wood, marble, and porcelain, which mimics natural concrete—a material palette that's carried throughout the home.

The living area incorporates wood, marble, and porcelain, which mimics natural concrete—a material palette that's carried throughout the home.


An Incredible Brazilian Home That Celebrates Art, Travel, and Nature - Photo 3 of 14 - The suspended fireplace anchors a cozy seating area.

The suspended fireplace anchors a cozy seating area.


An Incredible Brazilian Home That Celebrates Art, Travel, and Nature - Photo 4 of 14 - The home’s kitchen marries a wood-slatted ceiling and wood cabinetry with marble counters.

The home’s kitchen marries a wood-slatted ceiling and wood cabinetry with marble counters.


An Incredible Brazilian Home That Celebrates Art, Travel, and Nature - Photo 5 of 14 - Sliding glass walls tuck into the home's stone exterior, allowing the living space to be completely open to the lush vertical garden outside.

Sliding glass walls tuck into the home's stone exterior, allowing the living space to be completely open to the lush vertical garden outside.


An Incredible Brazilian Home That Celebrates Art, Travel, and Nature - Photo 6 of 14 - Art, photographs, and sculpture are thoughtfully displayed throughout the home.

Art, photographs, and sculpture are thoughtfully displayed throughout the home.


An Incredible Brazilian Home That Celebrates Art, Travel, and Nature - Photo 7 of 14 - The slatted wood exterior selectively filters sunlight, cooling the interior and creating interesting light and shadow patterns.

The slatted wood exterior selectively filters sunlight, cooling the interior and creating interesting light and shadow patterns.


An Incredible Brazilian Home That Celebrates Art, Travel, and Nature - Photo 8 of 14 - Seamlessly connected to the living room without doors or dividers, the moody master bedroom is punctuated by collected art.

Seamlessly connected to the living room without doors or dividers, the moody master bedroom is punctuated by collected art.


An Incredible Brazilian Home That Celebrates Art, Travel, and Nature - Photo 9 of 14 - The client "wanted everything to communicate without the need for doors in the internal environments," says architect Filipi Oliveira. 

The client "wanted everything to communicate without the need for doors in the internal environments," says architect Filipi Oliveira. 


An Incredible Brazilian Home That Celebrates Art, Travel, and Nature - Photo 10 of 14 - In the adjoined master bathroom, the soaking tub becomes a stunning focal point against the living backdrop.

In the adjoined master bathroom, the soaking tub becomes a stunning focal point against the living backdrop.


An Incredible Brazilian Home That Celebrates Art, Travel, and Nature - Photo 11 of 14 - Partially outdoors, the unconventional bathroom is a lush sanctuary.

Partially outdoors, the unconventional bathroom is a lush sanctuary.


An Incredible Brazilian Home That Celebrates Art, Travel, and Nature - Photo 12 of 14 - The black toilet is nearly camouflaged against the marble-clad walls, while art and greenery stand out.

The black toilet is nearly camouflaged against the marble-clad walls, while art and greenery stand out.


An Incredible Brazilian Home That Celebrates Art, Travel, and Nature - Photo 13 of 14 - Expansive doors on either side of the home’s living space can instantly offer privacy—or complete openness to the elements.

Expansive doors on either side of the home’s living space can instantly offer privacy—or complete openness to the elements.

An Incredible Brazilian Home That Celebrates Art, Travel, and Nature - Photo 14 of 14 -

Project Credits:

- Architecture, interior design, and lighting design: mf+arquitetos

- Builder/contractor: Vila Romana Engenharia

- Structural engineering: Cenafer

- Civil engineering: Rafael Furlan

- Landscape design: Mônica Costa

- Sound engineering: 3home

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