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A bulky concrete first floor balances above pale brick walls and tall grasses at this family house in Brazil by São Paulo architect Guilherme Torres.

The two-storey house in Maringá has a square ground floor plan, while its upper floor is an offset rectangular volume that gently cantilevers over the edge.

Unlike the opaque brick walls of the lower level, this top floor is clad with latticed mashrabiya screens that bring light and ventilation into the family's bedrooms, but also maintain privacy.

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