The Guaruja House, designed by Brazilian architect Bernardes Jacobsen, is a vacation home perched high upon a hillside along the coast of Sao Paulo. The front elevation suggests a modest dwelling, but the view from the rear tells otherwise. The home is built upon a platform that hovers above the hillside, supported on pillars. Two levels of living space, defined by glass facades look out upon the sea, and the entire rear wall slides open to create a single indoor/outdoor space. A sprawling wooden deck affords generous lounging areas and is supplemented by a pool along its border, mimicking the ocean in the distance. Locally sourced wood adorns most of the horizontal surfaces in the home, including the floors, ceilings, and underside of the roof. The Guaruja house also uses local species of trees in both the interior and exterior, paired with rough hewn stone walls to further eliminate the distinction between the home and its natural environment.
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