Designed by local studios Zalc Arquitetura and Rua 141, this vacation home in Guarujá, Brazil features tropical plants, glass and boulders. The house, called House NK, extends over 400 square meters on a plot of 525 square meters with lush plants. a garden, an outdoor pool and a covered terrace. Perimeter property walls are also filled with plants.
The NK house has a rectangular floor plan and a flat roof. It features long balconies with glass railings front and back covered by a geometric pergola. In a driveway, grass grows through flagstones while rough Spanish stones make up the floor’s walls. For a contrast between natural and artificial materials, the upper floor consists of stucco painted light gray.
The balcony at the front of the house juts out to the other side to create a covered entrance and carport, where a glass wall reveals the living room of the house. Upon entering there is a foyer that leads to a double height living and dining room with an expansive glass wall and staircase. Sliding glass doors lead to an outdoor grill and dining area. Also on the ground floor are the kitchen, a TV room and two bedrooms with en-suite bathrooms.
Upstairs is another sitting area with glass railings overlooking the living room. Upstairs are four en-suite bedrooms, two on each side and sliding glass doors to the terraces. Bathrooms have skylights that provide natural light and ventilation to reduce electricity needs, and solar panels are also used to heat water. The excess heat is used to heat the pool. White walls are contrasted with the abundance of wooden furniture and accents of thatch, rattan, and hemp for a natural yet contemporary feel. The NK house is furnished with many pieces by Brazilian designers.