Thursday, April 29, 2010


The Paraty House. Connected on the mountainside of an island in the colonial city of Paraty and Angra dos Reis, southwest of Rio de Janeiro, this beautiful home is one of Marcio Kogan Architects most accomplished works to date. Two large reinforced concrete blocks project outward from the cliff side like steps leading down to the beach. The open concept design allows for a perfect integration with the surrounding environment. The lower block houses the living room, kitchen and service area, the upper block houses the bedrooms. In the front part of the house, retractile panels of eucalyptus sticks protect the bedrooms from the sun. The entire top of the house is covered with terraces, used as observation decks for the residents, and as a garden for sculptures, medicinal plants and edible herbs. The home is only accessible by boat, and thus the perfect retreat from the chaotic atmosphere of Rio. Once again, dream big kids...who knows. -Dread Perry-

photos by Nelson Kon

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