Brazil is full of energy, creativity and originality. Amid the glamorous beaches and tropical vegetation, a new generation of architects are establishing a global reputation with houses and hotels that combine a bold contemporary aesthetic with a uniquely Brazilian sensibility.
Here are new takes on indoor–outdoor living, beautifully crafted local materials and original elements such as indoor gardens or integrated courtyards, and a mastery of natural light. These qualities build upon the potent legacy of Brazilian modernist design, which includes figureheads such as Oscar Niemeyer, Lina Bo Bardi and Robert Burle Marx, and is represented today by such luminaries as Marcio Kogan, Isay Weinfeld and Arthur Casas.
From São Paulo and Rio to the coastal towns of Paraty and Ilhabela, the locations cover a diverse range of projects, from stunning city homes to country retreats and tempting coastal escapes. Featuring iconic projects by Marcos Acayaba and Pritzker Prize-winning architect Paulo Mendes da Rocha, together with homes by designers such as Fernanda Marques, Guilherme Torres and André Piva, New Brazilian House reflects the vitality and verve of Brazil’s architecture and design today.