South America Architecture and Design

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

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.
- 3 months ago
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
A São Paulo Home Welcomes Guests With an Invitingly Breezy Brutalism
The residence merges two Brazilian architectural styles with distinctly casual and formal spaces.
- 4 months ago
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
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.
- a year ago
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.
A Riverfront Retreat in Brazil Boasts a Communal Pavilion
Overlooking the Paranapanema River, Casa do Lago is a weekend home comprising two elevated, staggered volumes that separate public and private space.
A Green Roof Helps Camouflage This Striking Home in Brazil
The Ribeirão Preto Residence sports a dramatic, cantilevered roof and a robust indoor/outdoor connection.
This Secluded Micro Cabin Perches Lightly in the Brazilian Forest
Built with materials carried to the site by hand, Chalet M is a 270-square-foot cabin that treads lightly on its woodland site.
Natural Stone Outcrops Pop Up in This Argentinian Retreat
Casa JB, built near a stone quarry, incorporates the rocky terrain into its design.
A Marble Chopping Block Door Opens Up to Reveal a Sophisticated Brazilian Apartment
The front door of this São Paulo apartment is a wooden board once used to cut slabs of marble.
This Barn-Like Home Is Closed to the Street and Open to the Forest
Set within a forest clearing, this simple yet sophisticated house has black corrugated steel on its street-facing side, and glass on its tree-facing side.
A Concrete Home by Pritzker Prize-Winner Alejandro Aravena Hits the Market For $1.5M
This hillside home with a primitive profile and dramatic views of the Pacific Ocean is for sale.
A Concrete Hillside Home With a Green Roof and Killer Views
Designed by Argentine firm Alarcia Ferrer Arquitectos, this holiday home offers sweeping views and two separate autonomous levels for living.
An Unplugged Family Hideout Borders the Ocean in Chile
Solar power and a self-sufficient water system keep a family relaxed in Chile.
Greenery Breathes Fresh Life Into a Brazilian Midcentury
With a budget of $50,000, a home rich in family history is treated to a bright, airy renovation for the first time since it was built.
This Breezy Brazilian Home Oozes Tropical Vibes
OF House by Studio Otto Felix celebrates natural materials and indoor/outdoor living outside the city of Campinas.
This Eco-Minded Home in São Paulo Raises the Bar For Prefab
Made of 100-percent recyclable materials and equipped with smart home technology, SysHaus is a new model by a Brazilian construction and engineering start-up.
Lush Gardens Infuse Tropical Vibes in This Chic Brazilian Home
In São Paulo, a modern abode maximizes natural light and integrates a strong sense of the outdoors.
An Expansive Grass Roof Tops This Modern Brazilian Home
Sandwiched between two concrete slabs, a modern holiday home is fully integrated into nature.
Two Eclectic Volumes Unite This Contemporary Chilean Home
Perched 1,476 feet above sea level, a modern home is designed to beautifully embrace its coastal setting.
This Modular Home in Chile Has Us Seeing Red—in a Good Way
The crimson dwelling, nestled in the Chilean commune of San José de Maipo, is composed of four modules stacked to form a cube-like structure.
This Chilean Concrete Home Levitates Off a Coastal Slope
Stretching along the Chilean coast, reinforced concrete beams come together to create a striking, sculptural home.