I want to live in …Brazil
Drive about two-and-a-half hours out of São Paulo, towards the Mantiqueira Mountains, and you’ll discover the Grid House: an intriguing modular structure neatly integrated with the hillside and the surrounding jungle. Constructed by Brazilian firm Forte, Gimenes & Marcondes Ferraz, it’s built to merge – succinctly – architecture and nature. Essentially, the estate consists of a number of units (or modules), laid out on a wooden grid.
The main building, including the master suite and a guest bedroom, forms part of the hillside; owners and visitors alike can simply stroll out onto the roof garden as the whim takes them. On the adjacent hilltop, with what you can imagine are the best views of the area, a pair of pavilions include saunas, a spa and a living area. Trees grow through empty modules, allowing nature to infringe – ever so coolly – on the space.
If you need any further convincing, this striking indoor-outdoor development also includes a garage for four cars, an outdoor kitchen, staff accommodation and a tennis court, with its location making it an ideal second or holiday home. Price on request through Christie’s International Real Estate (web ID C56987).
• Christie’s International Real Estate: christiesrealestate.com
• Brazilian embassy in South Africa: pretoria.itamaraty.gov.br
• Visit Brazil: visitbrasil.com
• Lonely Planet guide to Brazil: lonelyplanet.com/brazil
• Rough Guides information: roughguides.com/destinations/south-america/brazil
Text Kirsty Wilkins