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Bahian Traditions Create a Luxurious and Sustainable House

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The Bahia House by São Paulo-based Studio MK27 brings an air of the orient to Salvadore, Brazil.

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The sophisticated and carefully detailed urban townhouse oozes quiet luxury.

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Open to cross breezes, it needs no ugly air conditioning despite the sultry climate.

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The cool stone floor and wooden ceiling are traditions in Bahian architecture.

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The house was designed according to traditional principles for the climate of Bahia.

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Bahian homes have clay roofs, a banal material made in a rustic manner, and wooden ceilings.

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They make use the northeastern wind blowing in from the sea to organize the floor plan for comfort.

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Cross ventilation in the principal space keeps the interior cool and airy.

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The openings have large panels of wooden Mashrabiyas (screens) – a Moorish influence on Portuguese architecture which the Portuguese brought to Brazil in the early centuries of the colony.

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But the result: an open pavilion in the combination of clay tiles and open space underneath is also reminiscent of Japanese shrine.

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As is the utter serenity of these large, simple, flat, carefully composed rectangular spaces.

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The result is a calm and pleasant house, that respects hard won traditions.

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