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Location: Angra dos Reis, Brazil

Casa Folha means “Leaf House” in Portuguese, and looking at the aerial view of this beach house (pictured on the previous slide), it’s easy to see why. This home doesn’t just bring leaves inside, it appears to be made of six giant leaves. According to the architects Mareines and Patalano’s website, the home’s design was also inspired by Brazil’s indigenous architecture, with the inside and outside almost fused.

The roof shelters the home’s interiors and outdoor spaces between them. The ceilings were designed to be quite high to allow the southeast trade wind to pass through, which naturally cools the house. The distinctive roof also collects rainwater for gardening and toilets, and other materials are locally sources and reused.

Mareines + Patalano