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A Transparent Jungle Treehouse in Brazil

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Nitsche Arquitetos Associados designed this house located in Iporanga on Sao Paulo’s coast in Brazil.

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The client wanted to experience the surrounding natural jungle, in a protected area of the original Atlantic Rainforest.

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While disturbing the surrounding rainforest as little as possible, the client needed five bedrooms.

So the house has a tall footprint – making a tree house.

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The upper floor accommodates five bedrooms, one for the couple, one each for three children and a guest bedroom.

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The volume of the upper floor creates a shadow on the slab, and the architect used that shadow for the social area underneath.

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Indeed, the sense of being in an open space under the real house is very palpable. Yet this underneath floor is entirely glassed in.

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The intention was to minimize the difference between inner and outside space, making it work all as one integrated space.

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“This “middle” floor is almost an open space” says the architect “protected on all sides by transparent temperate glass sliding panels, so the forest can be seen at all times”.

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Upstairs, just the corner of a bed is seen at this end.

(Unfortunately there are no interior photos available of the more enclosed upper floor, containing the bathroom(s) and the bedrooms.)

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One comment so far to “A Transparent Jungle Treehouse in Brazil”
  1. Architecture Santa Fe Says:

    There is something magical about tree-houses. They take me back a little bit to a childhood state of mind.

    This project shows an abundance of thoughtful detailing. Great materials and colors.

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