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NEVES BEACH RESIDENCE: Experimenting with symmetry

For this urban-beach hybrid residence, we prioritized symmetry to balance exterior views while ensuring privacy. Employing local techniques and materials kept costs low and fostered a harmonious relationship with the surroundings.


The layout distinguishes between a social open floor plan on the ground level and a more private upper floor, accommodating the owner's lifestyle split between beach and city living.


Centered around a blue tower, the design features a spine staircase flanked by volumes inspired by local beachfront architecture. These volumes hover above a white slab-like enclosure housing the ground-floor living spaces. The rear portion of the upper level curves without openings, enclosing an office and bedroom to shield against excessive sunlight from the west.

View from side street at South

Floor plans

View from side street at South

West elevation with curved volumes cantilevering towards backyard

Façade facing the beach

Main façade facing the beach

Detail of front façade

The central axis is marked by a tower containing a staircase

Building finishes are simple and borrow from local tradition

View from upper floor suite facing ground floor deck

Living room facing staircase

View of staircase with kitchen at back

View from kitchen towards living

View from play room towards kitchen and dining at back

View from play room towards front deck

Corridor at upper floor

Detail of balcony on upper floor master suite

Detail of balcony from upper floor bedroom

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