On a quiet stretch of coastline between the well-known Brazilian beaches of Muro Alto and Porto Galinhas sit Casas do Cupe, a set of beach houses designed by São Paulo-based architect studio MNMA.
Built in 2018, they’ve quickly become the darlings of design mags, and it’s pretty obvious why. The two homes offer a laid-back castaway vibe – palm trees, sea, sand and gently swaying hammocks. But they also have all the trappings of modernity – fully-equipped kitchens, luxurious bathrooms, wifi and cable.
Both homes are beautifully simple blends of contemporary minimalism and a lazy day at the beach. The white, open-plan structures, with their strong yet soft-edged lines, contrast with the rough-hewn branch slats and palapa roofing, which cast dramatic shadows throughout the houses.
We particularly like the luminous ochre foundations that extend through the houses and into the garden. Other great features are the inset shelving cubes, the little rivers of pebbles separating spaces, the huge doorways and windows, the elegant wooden furnishings, and the very cool sunken living rooms.
These beach house rentals in Brazil can be rented together for larger groups. As smaller units, the individual houses are great for individual families or couples. Click to see Casa Lila and Casa Coqueiral.