Brazilian Hybrid: Herringbone Home Blends Bamboo & Modern Simplicity

This tropical residence along the coast of Brazil combines traditional and local materials like stone, wood and bamboo to fashion a contemporary-looking abode that fits into both its natural and cultural context.

Designed by Vilela Florez Architects, the various spaces are simple and connected by covered outdoor walkways, paved in stone in line with Portuguese traditions.

Stone walls and a wooden roof shade a shared outdoor area while masonry blocks are arranged to compliment the herringbone pattern of the lashed bamboo stick panels, a design theme carried over indoors, too.

Called Casa Bambu, the place responds to its environment, oriented to capture and redirect incoming winds to provide breezes. Inside, simple color palettes modernize the spaces while leaving an edge of minimalist rustic appeal.