A Set Designer’s House in Brazil Blends Colonial Architecture With Miesian Modernism

A nod to the past, the contemporary country escape by Mapa Architects is surprisingly close to São Paulo’s hustle and bustle.
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"The sun rises here and sets over there," says Filipe Almendary, standing on a gentle slope near his newly built home. He moves his hand through the air, drawing a full arc over the long, linear wooden volume that sits high on the plot, overlooking a lush valley to one side and deep green woods to the other, just beyond the shimmering pool. "It’s so calm and nice here—we come to relax, swim, and sleep. When it’s sunny, it’s incredible how the shadows change throughout the day."

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