MAPA’s XAN Home In Brazil Combines Raw Concrete With Slatted Timber

An austere concrete wall screens the transparent reduce floor of this home in southern Brazil, whilst the overhanging upper storey is masked behind a layer of timber slats (pictures by Leonardo Finotti + slideshow).

XAN House by MAPA

Designed by MAPA, an architecture collective based in Brazil and Uruguay, XAN Property is a summer residence situated close to the beach in Xangrilá, a tiny town south of Porto Alegre.

XAN House by MAPA

The ground floor is devoted to the family’;s communal activities whilst the upstairs level includes bedrooms, and the architects chose to highlight this distinction through the use of various external materials.

XAN House by MAPA

A single-storey concrete wall stretches across the site, from the north-west to the south-east, screening the ground floor from the street. Behind it, the rest of the walls function floor-to-ceiling glazing that makes it possible for residents to open their living spaces out to the landscape.

XAN House by MAPA

“A summer season house is a space full of freedom, a place to enjoy an outdoor life,” mentioned the architect. “This fact conditioned the way the project was faced.”

XAN House by MAPA

The positioning of furnishings divides the space up into diverse zones for cooking, dining, reading and relaxing. The ceiling overhead is exposed concrete, although the floor is covered with tiles that continue outside the walls.

XAN House by MAPA

Upstairs, huge balconies extend the length of the floor, making overhangs that shelter both the front entrance and a rear patio. One balcony belongs to the master bedroom and en suite, while the other sits alongside 2 smaller bedrooms.

XAN House by MAPA

Both balconies and rooms are surrounded by the timber screen, but sections of it fold open to reveal windows.

XAN House by MAPAGround floor program – click for larger image

“Visual filters in the expansion spaces next to bedrooms permit open-air experiences of another nature,” added the architect.

XAN House by MAPAFirst floor plan – click for bigger image

Photography is by Leonardo Finotti.

XAN House by MAPASection – click for larger image

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