A Treetop Vacation House in the Tropical Rainforest
Here’s a novel approach to building in a rainforest-covered site from architects Bernardes + Jacobsen.
The house is 60 feet in the air, built on a platform raised high above the rainforest.
The platform is supported by five pillars, which propel it high enough to see the sea views over the Brazilian forest.
Once at the new “ground level””, a comfortable vacation house overlooks Brazil’s gorgeous Guarujá beach.
And it is no Swiss Family Robinson treehouse.
Once up there, the house has all the amenities to enjoy luxurious family vacations and solar panels supply all the electricity it needs.
The architects brief was to build a family vacation house large enough to accommodate guests – which in such a gorgeous spot are frequent.
The new ground level is already starting its own trees.
The platform acts like a big tree shading the smaller ones, keeping the natural process of the forest and preserving it.
And because the lowest part of the house is 60 feet up, below the platform, understory trees have more than enough room to grow to their full height.
And 60 feet up in the forest canopy… that’s quite a hike!
That’s the equivalent of 6th floor walk-up in a city apartment building. That keeps everyone fit!