By Kathleen Ashcraft
As you prepare for your home buying journey, don’t be afraid to look for inspiration everywhere – you’ll never know what you’ll find on the other side of the world that will fit perfectly into your dream home.
What do you picture when it comes to typical housing architecture in a dense urban city like São Paolo, Brazil? If you are anything like me, the image in your head is likely of a small, impersonal house that seems more like a city building than a spacious home.
Man, was I wrong! With the help of Studio MK27 architect Marcio Kogan, the Cóser family created a home with a country feel, right in middle of the largest city in South America – São Paolo, Brazil. The home, featured in a Dwell slideshow, certainly has a modern design, yet it maintains a feeling of down-to-earth comfort that is surprising.
You’re probably not planning a move to Brazil. That’s fine, but you can still draw inspiration for your new home here in the states from great homes like this one around the world. Our new Worldly Wednesday feature is designed to inspire you with stunning examples of international real estate.
In the Cóser family’s home, I absolutely love the setup of the first-floor living room. Kogan seamlessly inserted this wide room with beautiful hardwood floors into the area between the front and back yards. I say seamless because the elevation of all three areas is the same. This design helps open up the floor plan of the living room and creates the sense that every inch of the connected space is usable and welcoming.
Piti Cóser, the wife of the household, told Dwell, “Marcio has managed to give us more house than we ever imagined.” The house itself, in terms of square footage, is not necessarily huge. Its key architectural aspects, like the extended living room, that give it this sense of spaciousness.
Another piece of the home that not only gives it space, but also adds a fun, modern touch to the house is the choice in windows. These windows are uncharacteristically wide and hang lower to the ground than most. These wide, low windows give a clearer, less obstructed view of the house’s carefully planned garden and pool. Their low-hanging nature combined with their easy to use sliding function makes them portals of conversation as well. These windows help connect the family both to the outdoors and to each other at all times.
I don’t know about you, but I am a sucker for natural home features, like plants and vines. For example, the intricacy that ivy provides when attached to the side of a house is incomparable. The ivy surrounding the Cóser family’s windows gives it a classic, fresh look while maintaining the house’s overall homey feel.
Follow the lush vines of ivy up the side of the house and you will eventually wind up at the rooftop deck. The dark color of the wood opens up the deck to a vast array of possibilities when it comes to outdoor furniture. Though the family seems to have kept it rather bare, I can’t help but imagine the design potential that a few choice pieces of furniture could add. No doubt the view from the deck is spectacular, too.
The undeniably rustic, domestic atmosphere that the house provides perfectly offsets the urbanity of São Paolo. The Cóser family can enjoy all of the entertaining amenities of the city life in the cultural capital of Brazil without having to give up the comfort of a cozy family home.
Kathleen Ashcraft is a writer for NewHomeSource.