Any designer can tell you that constraints aren't necessarily a bad thing — in fact, they often allow one to be more creative. As is the case with the Maracana House. Limited by the plot of land on which it sits, and by a desire to use affordable construction materials, this block and concrete structure is both distinctly modern yet surprisingly warm. Its multi-level design retains an open feeling, thanks to huge sliding glass doors and curtains at the rear, an entrance that overlooks the living area and provides a transition between it and the private bedrooms upstairs, and a stunning view of São Paulo's Lapa neighborhood from the rooftop.
Photos: Pedro Kok