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Forbes: 8 Incredible Open-Air Homes

Leaf House, Rio De Janeiro, Brazil

In harmony with nature, the inside and outside of the flower-shaped tropical beach house designed by Brazilian architect Rafael Palatano are almost fused. The eucalyptus wood roof functions as a giant leaf shielding the enclosed spaces from the hot sun. But it’s the open entertaining areas that wow. Sliding glass doors allow trade winds from the sea to pass through the residence, providing natural ventilation and passive cooling to both the enclosed and open spaces. The landscape is everywhere; the curvy swimming pool snakes into the house and, when it passes the formal dining room, turns into a pond with aquatic plants and fish bordering a “Brazilian lounge."

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