Lush Gardens Infuse Tropical Vibes in This Chic Brazilian Home

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By Jennifer Baum Lagdameo
In São Paulo, a modern abode maximizes natural light and integrates a strong sense of the outdoors.

When you gaze upon Casa MMS, don't be surprised if you suddenly feel a sense of calmness in your mind. In fact, infusing a state of tranquility was a big priority for São Paulo–based Pascali Semerdjian Arquitetos when designing the 4,424-square-foot property.

Spread across four floors, the modern home boasts a unique tropical, midcentury vibe all throughout. With the ground and top levels serving as garden-filled social spaces, lush greenery is fully integrated into the home.

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From the street, a discrete metallic wall features two green steel doors on either side. 

From the street, a discrete metallic wall features two green steel doors on either side. 

Through the bright front door, a hallway leads to a spacious living and dining room, which opens to a garden. 

Through the bright front door, a hallway leads to a spacious living and dining room, which opens to a garden. 

The garden effortlessly integrates the outdoors into the living space.

The garden effortlessly integrates the outdoors into the living space.

The floor in which the living and dining rooms are located on is made of reclaimed wood. The space takes on a midcentury vibe and has been furnished with pieces from Brazilian designers from the 1950s and 60s, such as Jorge Zalszupin and Sergio Rodrigues.

The floor in which the living and dining rooms are located on is made of reclaimed wood. The space takes on a midcentury vibe and has been furnished with pieces from Brazilian designers from the 1950s and 60s, such as Jorge Zalszupin and Sergio Rodrigues.

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The open plan was designed for family gatherings and easy entertaining. 

The open plan was designed for family gatherings and easy entertaining. 

The dining area leads to the kitchen which sits behind a grand wooden pocket-door, allowing the space to be closed off as needed. 

The dining area leads to the kitchen which sits behind a grand wooden pocket-door, allowing the space to be closed off as needed. 

"We maximized natural lighting, ventilation, and contact with the outdoors in all environments, which sometimes open onto the street at the height of the treetops, or opens onto an outdoor area with a tropical garden," explains the architects. 

"We maximized natural lighting, ventilation, and contact with the outdoors in all environments, which sometimes open onto the street at the height of the treetops, or opens onto an outdoor area with a tropical garden," explains the architects. 

The use of different woods and textures contrast beautifully with one another.  

The use of different woods and textures contrast beautifully with one another.  

Bright yellow cabinets in the kitchen add a playful, fun touch, while also maintaining to same sleek, contemporary look. 

Bright yellow cabinets in the kitchen add a playful, fun touch, while also maintaining to same sleek, contemporary look. 

The serene shade of green is echoed in the furniture throughout the home, including the bedroom nightstands. 

The serene shade of green is echoed in the furniture throughout the home, including the bedroom nightstands. 

An upper-level media room. 

An upper-level media room. 

The top floor includes additional space for entertaining. 

The top floor includes additional space for entertaining. 

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Project Credits: 

Architect of Record: Pascali Semerdjian arquitetos

Builder/General Contractor: Persona Engernharia

Structural Engineer: Systemac

Civil Engineer: Ricardo Burin 

Landscape Design: Rodrigo Oliveira

Lighting Design: Pascali Semerdjian

Interior Design: Pascali Semerdjian

Cabinetry Design/Installation: Marvelar 

Metalwork: Dix Metal