Whereas once Brazilian architecture was known for its tropical modernism on an epic scale – see the entire city of Brasilia or any of the signature public buildings by Oscar Niemeyer – in the last decade its architects have become more famous for their residential projects. Led by the talented Marcio Kogan, Isay Weinfeld and Arthur Casas, the current generation of Brazilian designers have focused in particular on houses that are defined by uninterrupted lines, vast spaces, open walls and acres of natural materials. Just look at Casa Lee, the latest house from Kogan’s Studio MK27 practice.

Located in Porto Feliz, just outside of São Paulo, this is a house that is radical in its seemingly endless one-storey horizontal construction. Stretching across the width of the garden site, a linear concrete frame sits atop two wooden boxes at either end – one that houses the guest suite, the other home to a row of bedrooms and a gym and spa that opens onto the pool. In-between lies the living area with its recessed windows on either side, creating a space that is completely open to the elements for cross-ventilation. A teak floor in the lounge, dining area, bar and kitchen runs flush outside to become a teak deck, fusing the internal with the external. With bespoke furniture designed by Studio MK27's Eduardo Glycerio and sophisticated furnishings courtesy of interior designer Diana Radomysler, it appears to be the ultimate home for either relaxation or entertaining.

Casa Lee is epitome of the new Brazilian aesthetic for sexy, minimal and welcoming houses. But don’t be too seduced by the regional architecture. Like so many local delicacies, Brazil’s elegant residences do not travel, requiring large building plots, lush gardens and a tropical climate to work well. They might not work in London, Paris or New York but they do make fantastic holiday homes.

Marcio Kogan: MK27
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