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Angular Trapezium House Blends Modern With Brazilian Charm

Designed by Studio KUNZ, the Trapezium House is nestled in the small town of David Canabarro, Rio Grande do Sul in southern Brazil. The home seamlessly blends modern design with the charm of the Brazilian countryside across 1,830 square feet on one floor. Built on a high plateau, the structure is surrounded by araucaria trees seen above the reimagined gabled roof.

The architects at Studio KUNZ deconstructed the typical gabled roof, making way for two trapezoidal sections. The facade stands out with oblique angles, offering a visual treat that is dynamic.

closeup up view of modern home with angular exterior with vertical wood slat cladding and gray details

closeup up view of roof line of modern home with angular exterior with vertical wood slat cladding and gray details

angled view of modern home with angular exterior with vertical wood slat cladding and gray details

The structure, formed by the extrusion of two trapezoids, boasts inclined slabs that create a unique roof structure and internal ceiling, while inverted beams maintain the continuity of the ceiling surface.

angled partial view of modern home with angular exterior with vertical wood slat cladding and gray details

Dark wooden slat accents dial back the coldness of the facade’s shades of gray while adding texture and warmth.

closeup partial view of modern home with angular exterior with vertical wood slat cladding and gray details

side partial view of modern house with gray stairs leading to entrance

far view of modern home with angular exterior with vertical wood slat cladding and gray details

The glass door off of the dining room opens to a wooden pergola-covered balcony, creating a perfect spot to grow climbing plants and to enjoy the local trees.

closeup angled view of modern home with angular exterior with vertical wood slat cladding and gray details

closeup partial view of modern home with angular exterior with vertical wood slat cladding and gray details

partial end view of modern home with angular exterior with vertical wood slat cladding and gray details

front long view of modern house with wood slatted fence

exterior view through trees of modern house with partial wood exterior

side exterior view of modern house with partial wood cladding

interior view of open modern living space with kitchen and living room under angled ceiling

Inside the Trapezium House, one notices two subtly separated levels, materials of wood, linen, and burnt cement, and an overall white finish that creates a space that exudes warmth and tranquility. The living room and kitchen, which fill with natural light, become a seamless extension of the picturesque surroundings.

interior view of open modern living space with kitchen and living room under angled ceiling

tight interior shot looking over dining table to vertical wood slat partition

long interior view of modern open living space with living room, dining room, and kitchen

long interior view of modern open living space with living room, dining room, and kitchen

During the chilly southern Brazilian winters, a fireplace and wood stove add warmth, while strategically placed windows ensure views in every direction.

view through wood slat partition into modern living room

angled interior view of modern white living room

angled interior view of modern white living room with TV over burning fireplace

angled partial view of modern bedroom under angled ceiling

Photography by Ezequiele Panizzi.

Caroline Williamson is Editor-in-Chief of Design Milk. She has a BFA in photography from SCAD and can usually be found searching for vintage wares, doing New York Times crossword puzzles in pen, or reworking playlists on Spotify.

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