Casa Jardins (the garden house), an architectural and industrial, tropical home is a welcoming oasis amongst the dense urban sprawl of São Paulo, Brazil. With a nod to modernism, architects C R2 ARQUITETURA, also based in the city, wanted to create ‘a mini breathing space’ amongst the country’s biggest city. The whole complex is essentially a concrete box, with a large chunk cut out and devoted to the outside. The garden space is filled with lush, wild seasonal plants, adding a peaceful, calming aesthetic to the house. Materials like reinforced concrete and granilite flooring throughout blur the line between indoors and outdoors, an extension to the open plan living room, which is ideal for the humid Brazilian summers. Double height windows flood in natural light, while the sculptural, floating stairs in the middle of the living room, become a feature in their own right.