In general, we can expect certain things from homes – things like interior walls and exterior yards. The Maracana House in Sao Paulo, Brazil – designed by Terra e Tuma Arquitetos Associados – features a unique inside-out design with an interior that looks more like an exterior.
The home features an interior balcony that looks out over the open layout of the ground level. As you ascend from the ground level up, chain-link fencing offers a physical, but not a visual, barrier. This unusual choice of material lends to the feeling of being outdoors.
But even more than the open floor plan and the chain-link fencing, the factors that make the interior of the home feel like being in the outdoors are the exposed bricks and numerous plants.
An atrium occupies one corner of the ground floor, highlighting the trees and other greenery growing under the warm Brazilian sun. Trailing vines can be found in various spots around the interior, making the home look like a garden.
The entire front wall of the home is a sliding glass wall which opens up to the street. Just outside, a hammock and lounging area give the residents a place to sit back and enjoy their remarkable inside-out home.