Ah, what would we wouldn’t give to up and move to Brazil, the land of sun and sun-kissed bodies. The lovely weather in Brazil means its architects have become some of the foremost masters of bringing the outside in. São Paulo based practice Studio Arthur Casas have created a home an hour away from the financial capital that they are based in, that makes us wonder what terrible deeds we did in a previous life that stopped us from being born there.
Casa HS is a whopping 1000-sqm home that has been separated into two volumes to break it up into human scaled pieces. It sits on a golf course and so has beautiful views all around. Adaptable spaces, the likes of which haven’t been seen since the Edo period, are created in Casa HS through industrial scale sliding and folding doors. The street facing façade is made out of perforated metal panel that have a warm rust patina. These can be folded open, opening up the bedrooms to the outside. Massive glass sliding doors around a living room that looks onto the pool can open the space up completely to the elements. The two volumes of the house are connected through a patio that connects to the pool. This area has a beautiful water basin complete with stepping-stones and a vertical garden. A retractable glass roof over this space allows air to flow in when the weather permits.
The genius of Casa HS lies in its doors that allow the residents to experience close off or open up to the outside as they please. They ensure that prying eyes and rain stay away, or let the sunshine reach right into the heart of the home.