Marcio Kogan's Paraty beach house.
Marcio Kogan's Paraty beach house. Lost at E Minor

Modern style lures travellers

WHILE researching my end of year trip to South America, I stumbled across a cute little historical town in Brazil called Paratay. Apparently it’s known for its 19th century colonial architecture, but I can’t tell you a thing about that. I’m too busy imagining what my life would be like if I called this palatial beach house my casa. Maybe I’d be a Brazilian swimwear designer and use the beachfront pool to host collection launches. Or perhaps I’d dabble in some sort of illicit trade, making the boat-only access more of a necessity than a luxury.

Designed by Marcio Kogan, one of Brazil’s most influential architects, this is the house he predicted to be his favourite, before it was even finished. Now if I had to ‘work’ on one of the hundreds of islands located off the coast of Paratay, surrounded by lush Brazilian jungle and a private beach, I’m pretty sure this job would be my favorite too. What I like best about Kogan’s houses is that he stays true to his open-air philosophy and minimalistic style. Which as most of you know, is just how I like it.

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