architecture
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Exterior View

The distorted L-shaped volume floats above the vegetation, structured by slanted columns

Cacao Residence

2022
Txai - Itacare, Brazil

CONCEPT | Located in one of Brazil's most exclusive northeastern beaches, the Txai Resort in Itacare, Bahia, this residence was designed with a unique briefing: Merge the simplicity, elegance and convenience of European design, with the natural materials and tones of a tropical environment.

By analyzing the site's unique physical and environmental conditions, the house emerged from the landscape taking advantage of the best sunlight, incredible ocean views and local flora.

Oceanfront Facade View

Organized around a Cacao Tree, native to the region, the house is divided in two levels: intimate areas on the upper level, and living areas and pool on the lower level. 

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Pool View

On the upper floor there are two suites, a master bedroom, and a gym/office, as well as the main private entrance which is bathed in natural light from a wooden pergola skylight.

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Outdoor Living Room

On the lower level, a guest suite was placed strategically to maximize privacy and views, while the indoor living and dining integrate seamlessly to the outdoors by a large plane of sliding doors, extending the living area to the pool.

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Main Stair Atrium

 The home's transparency towards nature is complemented by its warm-toned materials such as an off-white lime wash paint in the walls and ceiling, light gray micro-cement on the interior and exterior floors and finally natural wood all throughout  windows, doors, pergola, casework and furniture.

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Dining Room

The dining room is composed by a triangular wooden table hosting up to 10 people, and when the glass sliding doors are open, can be fully integrated to the outdoors.

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Oceanfront Facade View

When coming from the beach, one can walk through the sand all along the hill, arriving at an outdoor shower besides the pool

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Indoor Living Room

Throughout the house, there are a number of carefully placed openings and windows that create unique and curated vignettes to the natural environment

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Kitchen

The kitchen was placed at the intersection between indoors and outdoors, connecting both social spaces.

The cantilevered pigmented concrete island brings some color to the room, and served both as a highlight design piece and a functional object.

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Bathroom

The Master bathroom's main goal was to have a bathroom with breathtaking views of the ocean. The minimal design enhances the impact of the surrounding nature

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Street View

The entrance facade is minimal in which its main goal was to be a simple plane of Rammed Earth, not calling attention to the architecture itself. Once inside, you discover the intricacies and details of the design

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Bedroom

The Master Bedroom features a 180 degree view of the ocean with floor to ceiling glass sliding doors, and its own private terrace.

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