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Forbes: Extreme-Climate Homes

Iporanga Jungle Tree House--São Paulo, Brazil

Chimps have got it figured out: if you’re going to live in a rainforest, it’s better to be perched up in the trees. Brazilian architecture company, Nitsche Arquitetos Associados, designed this home in the thick forest outside São Paulo in 2006. Five bedrooms on the top level of this three-story home provide both a high lookout from which to survey the surrounding jungle, and privacy due to the height. But the main level is unquestionably the main attraction of the home, with a hyper-modern living room, dining room, and kitchen. Structural elements, such as I-beams, are as exposed as the residents within. Though much of the home is made of steel, glass and concrete, the house never feels out of place, thanks to the way in which outside foliage plays a central role in the design scheme.

(Image Courtesy of Forbes)

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