Collection by Sarah Akkoush

This Cor-Ten House in Brazil Would Not Be Complete Without its Giant Home Library


A modern dwelling by Brazilian design firm Atria cohesively embraces simplicity and abstraction.

Challenged with the constraint of building a home in the existing natural landscape and keeping all vegetation and trees intact, the architects at Brazilian firm Atria cleverly crafted a new home that was a custom fit to its environment. The client, a lawyer and teacher, envisioned a house that would be comfortable and sustainable, simple and abstract. Central to the concept was an expansive home library that would function as book storage, and meeting place for friends, architects, artists, musicians.

The geometric front facade of the home is made of Cor-Ten steel, segregated into eight vertical panels.
The Cor-Ten panels make up the library’s lateral facade and act as a light filter, preventing direct sunlight from...
Architect Gustavo Costa calls the home library the “project’s heart.” This central space houses the owner’s expansive...
The library’s entrance features massive panel doors made of tropical freijó wood.
The home’s living room can be kept open to the elements, or sectioned off with sliding glass walls.
The same materials palette continues throughout the entire home.
With library's Cor-Ten shield open, the home’s facade is seen at night.
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