We love a great piece of design here at Average Joes, particularly if it involves architecture in interesting places. Which is why this guest house in Brazil caught our eye. Designed by Atelier Marko Brajovic, the Arca guest house is located near quiet Paraty, a coastal town four hours from Rio.

Arca Guest House, Brazil

The Arca is a two bedroom house that stands in the middle of an Atlantic forest. Its dense and muggy surroundings only make the structure even more incredible to look at. The single self-supporting structure is made of a composite of carbon steel, aluminium and zinc as it serves as roof and walls.

The entire Arca structure was assembled on-site in a single week and designer Atelier Marko Brajovic says it can be easily dismantled and rebuilt on different locations – it would probably be a lot more convenient to do so too!

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The home’s interior is clad with timber that only needs to be 3cm thick as it’s reinforced by the steel structure. Arca comes with two bedrooms (if you include the sofa bed), a fully equipped kitchen, bathroom and a large open plan living space.

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Arca was created with the weekend getaway in mind. Thanks to the space and amenities provided, the guest house is suitable for families with kids who want to unwind and reconnect with nature. But Arca also works perfectly as an idyllic workshop for the creatives out there.

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The Arca isn’t as remote as one may think too. While it’s hardly off the M1, it’s located just ten kilometres Paraty, well known for its cultural heritage. It’s also right next to the beautiful Perequé waterfall and borders Parque da Bocaina national park. Just beware of the roaming local jaguars!

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