Dream Digs

OMG, I Want This House: Atibaia, Brazil (Photos)

This modern take on the traditional Brazilian farmhouse is all about bespoke details, with industrial and contemporary designs woven together to create a sanctuary in the countryside.

Richard Powers

Farmhouses often have a bad reputation for being rundown, sparse, and dedicated solely to functionality. But not this one in the countryside outside of São Paulo. Architect Cândida Tabet wove industrial and contemporary design together to create this one-of-a-kind take on a traditional Brazilian farmhouse that features soaring ceilings, lots of natural lighting, and modern accents that fit in seamlessly with the natural environment. The construction of the house also relied on environmentally sustainable practices—like using discarded wood from the structure of the house to make cabinets. 


Here, Ochre walls, stone, and timber help tie the house to the landscape; the aluminium roof, by contrast, carries echoes of agricultural sheds and stables. 

Richard Powers

The rear of the house features a generous veranda with a dinign area.

Richard Powers

Timber steps—with potted flora and fauna—reach down from the dining area to the pool terrace.

Richard Powers

A lawned terrace, with integrated benches around the edges, sits to one side of the house, helping to shelter an outdoor sitting room below, complete with a plunge pool. 

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Ponchos and riding boots sit alongside a rustic saddle rack in the master bedroom.

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Walls of rounded stone, sourced locally, contrast with floors in polished concrete.

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The dining table, in ipê, was designed by Cândida Tabet, as were the stools by the custom serving counter to the kitchen; the dining chairs are vintage European bistro chairs. 

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Many bespoke touches, including door handles, lend the house a crafted individuality.

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The fireplace sits almost at the literal heart of the house, forming a focal point for th dining area and main living room.

Richard Powers

The Brazilian House by Dominic Bradbury, with photos by Richard Powers, will be available from Thames & Hudson on June 17.