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What’s better than one beautifully designed house by the beach in Brazil? How about four of them. Architecture practice Studio Arthur Casas made the decision to build four identical houses next to each other, each one slightly offset to preserve privacy, but all linked by doors in the garden fence to promote a sociable atmosphere between residents. The triple-story buildings have an elongated footprint, which snakes around a central courtyard planted with trees before opening out onto the large living area. The end face of the property is made up of a single, retractable window, allowing residents to effectively remove the wall that separates the beautifully furnished living room from the balmy Brazilian coastline outside. Even better, each garden has its own garden and jacuzzi. Just imagine the four-way party you could all have…

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