Leonardo Finotti

Xan House in Brazil by Mapa

The XAN House in Brazil by South American Architects MAPA, is a 350 sqm, modern, single family home that features a simple rectilinear volume enveloped by peculiar facade of operable solar shading louvers atop a similar volume enveloped by sliding glass walls.

XAN is single family residence, located in a private neighborhood in Xangrilá, a little town in the coast side, 135 km South from Porto Alegre, Brazil. A summer house is a space full of freedom, a place to enjoy an outdoor life. This fact conditioned the way the project was faced. The distinction is simple. Social life stays in the ground floor, in direct interaction with its surroundings. Private life, separated and isolated, belongs to the second floor. Visual filters in expansion spaces next to bedrooms allow open air experiences of another nature. XAN House, an antagonistic and complementary game of spaces and living experiences.


  • Architects: MAPA
  • Location: Xangrilá, Brazil
  • Authors: Luciano Andrades, Maurício Lopez, Rochelle Castro, Matías Carballal, Andrés Gobba e Silvio Machado
  • Area: 350.0 m2
  • Project Year: 2013
  • Photographs: Leonardo Finotti
  • Manufacturers: JPPR Serralheria, Supertex, Matos Alumínios e Vidros, Marcenaria Espíndola, Safra Metalúrgica
  • Collaborators: Alexis Arbelo, Jaqueline Lessa, Aldo Lanzi, Diogo Valls e Camila Thiesen
  • Construction: ALM | Alfredo Lima Martins Construções
  • Renders: MAAMMEDIA
  • Structure: TECNOLINEA Engenharia, Valls Engenharia
  • Electric Installations: Studio Horizonte
  • Landscape: Savannah Jardins e MAPA
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