South America Architecture and Design

Browse Dwell stories about modern homes, design, and architecture in and around South America.

A Set Designer’s House in Brazil Blends Colonial Architecture With Miesian Modernism
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.
A 376-Square-Foot Apartment in Brazil Goes From Too Tight to Just Right
Architect Leandro Garcia revamps a one-bedroom dwelling to create a compact yet comfortable home for a mother and her 13-year-old son.
This Energy-Efficient Prefab in Brazil Can Be Easily Expanded for More Space
In a one-size-fits-all home design concept, Bernardes Arquitetura has developed modular glulam-beam structures that can be added onto ad infinitum.
Lina Bo Bardi’s Iconic Midcentury in São Paulo Just Reopened With a New Art Exhibition
Lina Bo Bardi’s Iconic Midcentury in São Paulo Just Reopened With a New Art Exhibition
After closing at the beginning of the pandemic, Casa de Vidro is once again welcoming visitors with a display of wooden works by furniture designer and artist Rodrigo Silveira.
Before & After: A Pavilion-Like Addition Opens Up a São Paulo Home for Three Generations
A 1940s bungalow gets a porous, vine-covered backyard unit that gives the family more space to work on their creative projects.
An Architect Reframes the Narrative of a 1940s Apartment for a Writer Couple in São Paulo
At the iconic Louveira Complex, an exemplar of Brazilian modernism, local architect Ana Sawaia bravely plays with space, color, and pattern while honoring the past.
The Dwell 24: Alex Rocca
After a career in the film industry, Brazilian textile artist Alex Rocca turned his sights to the wall tapestries he’s become known for.
This Concrete-and-Glass House in Paraguay Doesn’t Believe in Walls
With partitions that can be endlessly rearranged, the Horizon House by BAUEN Architects goes up against the notion that a home should be static.
In Argentina, Seven Homes Pop Up on 16,000 Square Feet
Local firm BBOA solves for suburban housing densification by creating an elegant tiny community.
A Deteriorating 1950s Apartment in São Paulo Gets Revamped and Greened-Up
Mana arquitetura transforms an old, cramped apartment into a plant-filled urban oasis in Brazil’s most populous city.
These New Prefabs Celebrate the Art of Simple Living
These New Prefabs Celebrate the Art of Simple Living
SET Ideas unveils an elevated collection of sleek and versatile prefabs characterized by floor-to-ceiling windows and wood interiors.
A Pink Concrete House in Argentina Offers “a Window to the World”
Alarcia Ferrer Arquitectos designs a modernist oasis on the slopes overlooking the Calamuchita Valley.
Architect Cristián Izquierdo Builds a Multifamily Complex—and Instant Community—in Santiago
To build a home for his family in the heart of the city, the designer gathered some friends and put a new spin on communal living.
Cabin Vibes Get an Industrial Edge at This Brazilian Home
At Casa Granja V, a warehouse-inspired exterior gives way to folksy living spaces anchored by a library of 5,000 books.
A Coastal Forest Flows Through This Wood-and-Stone Guesthouse in Brazil
With reclaimed materials and an open, airy design, Casa Iporanga by architect Daniel Fromer melds with its verdant surroundings.
This Prefab Tiny Home Is Designed to Be Nearly Indestructible
With its reinforced concrete shell, the prefabricated Hüga House is ready for a variety of challenging environmental conditions.
A Streamlined Home in Chile Straddles the Line Between Desert and Ocean
Designed and remodeled by 56.02, B8 House features glass-cube bedrooms that privilege the wild landscape.
Budget Breakdown: This Ethereal Glass House in the Brazilian Forest Was Built for $187K
Built for a scholar, Casa Biblioteca is a sanctuary for reading, stargazing, and enjoying a cigar or two.
This Groovy, Spherical Home in São Paulo Wants to Inspire the Future of Cities
Starting in 1974, architect Eduardo Longo built the radically organic Casa Bola as a prototype for modular city apartments.
Native Trees Punch Through the Roof of This Concrete Home in Argentina
Built of concrete and timber, Casa BS in Córdoba maneuvers around nature, allowing trees to puncture its design.
A São Paulo Home Welcomes Guests With an Invitingly Breezy Brutalism
The residence merges two Brazilian architectural styles with distinctly casual and formal spaces.
Two Wood-Clad Prefab Holiday Homes Connect to the Landscape of Rural Uruguay
Designed to welcome the outdoors in, two modular and minimalist houses provide a blissful escape in the Uruguayan countryside.
A Mountain Getaway in Chile With Over 700 Avocado Trees Asks $1.1M
Casa El Maqui is a sustainable home with spectacular views of its verdant surroundings.
A Spectacular Green Roof Floats Over This Concrete Home in Brazil
A concrete slab cantilevers over cinder blocks and glass in this arresting home by Vereda Arquitetos.
This Surprisingly Airy Holiday Home Is Made of Massive Concrete Slabs
Designed as a vacation home for a young family, this tropical modern dwelling uses restrained forms and fundamental materials to stunning effect.
This Chilean Home’s Folded Metal Roof Recalls the Art of Origami
A modular vacation home in the coastal region of Valparaíso lets in light and views with a pleated roof.
This Pinwheel-Shaped House of Pine Is a Lesson in Mathematical Precision
Governed by geometry and proportions, this weekend home in Chile opens up to landscape views in all directions.
This Timber-Clad Brazilian Home Is 100% Powered by the Sun
Located on the southeast coast of Brazil in the surfer's paradise of Ubatuba, this sustainably constructed home embraces its lush surroundings.
This Hip Brazilian Loft Keeps the Bedroom in a Nest-Like Box
Created for a design showcase in São Paulo, Loft Ninho is a warm, oak-wrapped space with an en suite bedroom box.
A Brazilian Couple’s Prefab Cabin Is the Perfect Outpost for Forest Bathing
A green-roofed retreat slots gently into a wooded dell in southern Brazil.