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Best of Rio: Casa AL
Shining a spotlight on one of Rio de Janeiro's architectural wonders.

‘Best of Rio’ is a series in celebration of the city’s rich and varied cultural tapestry. From architectural design to wellness retreats and art galleries, Rio de Janeiro is home to some of the most innovative and inspiring creations, and we are shining a spotlight on them.

We’d like to open the series with Casa AL.

Quietly submerged within the tropical vegetation of São Conrado, lies Casa AL. Designed by celebrated Brazilian architect, Arthur Casas Mattos’ eponymous design studio, Studio Casas, Casa AL is a fine example of forward-thinking design and considered curation.

Created for a client wanting a view of the sea, the stone, concrete and wood rectangular home is elevated within the leafy mountain-side, jolting out confidently whilst simultaneously remaining respectful of the untouched nature of the environment that surrounds it.

The surrounding tropical landscape is invited inside the house without hesitation; glazed glass walls, an impressive infinity pool, and indoor-outdoor ‘rooms’ allow for open living, while the main living areas’ suspension above street level and into the canopies creates a sense of living within the mountains.

Studio Casas’ goal when conceiving Casa AL was to ‘create a house that both took in and reflected it’s surrondings’, and this is executed not only through the use of materials outside, but also internally.

Carioca living is undeniably determined by the juxtaposition of the metropolitan city, naïve natural topography and the sea – Casa AL is a manifestation of this.

The interiors are clean and curated, but not quite minimal. Warmth is achieved through natural woods tonal browns, greens and whites that complement the colours found in the Brazilian wilderness and the varied shades of green that the exotic vegetation provides.

The team at Studio Casas display a sensitivity to nature with Casa AL but they certainly aren’t afraid to approach it with modernity. Casa AL isn’t just surrounded by idyllic scenes, it’s an active contributor – the concept is that with time the house will integrate with the natural landscape – and it’s this quality that makes it a fine example of Brazilian design. Carioca living is undeniably determined by the juxtaposition of the metropolitan city, naïve natural topography and the sea, and Casa AL is a manifestation of this.

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