Brazil architecture firm Nitsche Arquitetos Associados designed this exotic house that puts life on a pedestal - literally. Set in the jungle, this layered home organized living spaces in such a way to maximize the views while still offering privacy when you need it, function and flair.
The home's main level faces the outdoors with floor to ceiling glass walls, blurring the boundary between indoors and out while taking advantage of the warm climate and the lush, leafy surroundings here. The rainforest is ever present. In fact, for a moment you may actually forget that you're indoors. We love this alfresco feeling! Here, the home's social hub includes the living room, dining room, kitchen and the swimming pool.
Raised up among the treetops, the upper level living areas offer some privacy perfect for the five individual condominium suites worked into this house plan, which are occupied by the homeowners, with a separate suite for each of their three sons, and one used for guest accommodations. The upper level features an enclosed facade at street level, while facing the jungle is a curtained wall, allowing for privacy when you want it and views when the curtain is drawn. Just on the other side of the sliding doors, a common verandah is a great little outdoor entertaining area, perfect for a morning cup of java or an after dinner drink.
The final level is tucked down below, enclosed and housing the home's service areas, housekeeping quarters and laundry room.
With function and style, indoors and nature all artfully rolled into one, in our humble opinion this house has one up on the Swiss Family Robinson!
Nitsche Arquitetos Associados
photo credit: Nelson Kon