Another contemporary home design from Gui Mattos Arquitetura, this time we move from the jungle to the beach with the Residência Conchas, built in 2015.
And it really is all about the beach. This is most apparent in the living area: a vast space, one side of which is almost completely exposed to the outdoors, thus allowing the inhabitants to drift seamlessly from house, to garden, and all the way to the nearby beachside.
Such openness really gives the house the feeling of a beach hut, something which is also really brought out by the roof beams. Stained in a rich, reddish brown polish, and contrasting starkly with the white ceiling, the clean pattern of parallel lines draws clear parallels with that of a simple hut design.
Parallel lines reappear again in two other places, in the shutters to the house, and also along the wall of one of the hallways, perhaps we’re getting ahead of ourselves, but this also seems to evoke the jaunty feel of a beach hut.
Of course, the house is much bigger than your average beach hut, and you feel that vastness in the way the living room is laid out, with an assortment of lounge chairs and sofas spaced far apart and allowing a lot of space to socialise or relax.
All this space really hammers home that this is a home built for sociability, just like the best mid-century homes from which it invariably draws some influence.