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Modern Cabin in the Brazilian Rainforest

Situated within the rainforest of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil this modern home has views of the near by flowing river. The architect designed this 753 sq ft cabin with two giant stone walls, steel, glass and wood.

The cabin is slightly elevated off the ground which protects the home from the humid and rainy environment. The front wall is all glass with sliding door to a covered patio.

Centrally located in the home is the bathroom and closet which separates the kitchen/living/dining area from the sleeping space.

Enjoy the photos below.

Modern 753 Sq. Ft. Cabin in the Brazilian Rainforest

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  • Sylvie May 28, 2015, 9:00 am

    Absolutely beautiful. The stone walls reminiscent of ancient Incan temples ties the dwelling to the history of place. The glass lets in the beauty of the natural surroundings while the modern design provides the safety of home. Love it!

  • Terry May 28, 2015, 9:37 am

    Great concept! Design is very serene. I have some questions about
    the kitchen space. I probably would design with fewer square footage.
    Cannot image the price, but fun to imagine.

  • Susan May 28, 2015, 10:12 am

    I like the floor plan and the modern decor. The windows are wonderful. If the location was such that you did not want so much exposure I think half walls and the top being windowed would be nice for the sleeping area. I like stone walls so this is attractive to me but if you didn’t like the stone certainly other building materials could be used.
    Lovely home.

  • Karen R May 28, 2015, 11:18 am

    Just GORGEOUS!

  • laura kelly May 28, 2015, 11:26 am

    I adore this house! I wonder though…looks like a wood burning chiminea in the kitchen. Is it? and if so, how does the smoke get out? I don’t see a flu/chiminea. I also don’t see a refrigator or anything like a closet. Perhaps there is closet space inside the bathroom. It would be nice to see that. Seems more like a short getaway retreat than a livingspace for those reasons. Still…it is so beautiful!

    • Deadrock May 28, 2015, 1:51 pm

      Laura – see picture #7 (I believe) and you’ll see that the closet space (which is really quite ample) is behind the bamboo doors.

  • jennifer jacobs May 28, 2015, 12:03 pm

    my guess is the “chiminea” is like a pizza oven and it vents thru the stone to the back.

  • Kelsey May 28, 2015, 2:42 pm

    Very nice. It’s funny that this is considered modern these days, this is SO 70s. My fiancé and I built our tiny house in Waimea on the Big Island and have been living in it for about a year now and couldn’t be happier. Just got a nice Canon so will send some pics soon!

  • Nanny M May 28, 2015, 5:19 pm

    Too exposed. I’d need some privacy to feel safe or secure.

  • Steve May 28, 2015, 11:03 pm

    Whoa, problem here. Brazilian Rain Forests, for real? … Brazilian Rain Forests have enough carnage to handle without a vanity project being thrown into its midst. Discretion is ours to use objectively, and having unlimited resources of financial wealth and a degree from harvard shouldn’t give someone the privilege to plop a neatly done habitat where it does not belong. Yup, the contrast of hand sculpted stone and glass is mucho artsy, however just because it has a small foot print does not mean it should have ever been built. It only encourages others to be neglectful of stewarding the earths dwindling resources.
    Magna Est Vis Consuetudinis, great is the power of habit.

    • anonymous May 30, 2015, 3:53 am

      agreed. hopefully, human beings will become more empathetic
      to the causes and sensitivity of these cultural issues as time goes on …
      the Rainforest is not a tiny house development land grab. this
      issue extends to similar regions and even in non-indigenous
      locales and regions … fortunately, many human beings are waking up, standing up to protect their sanctuaries an to be respected.

      • Larry May 31, 2015, 12:01 am

        Ah yes environmental politics preached from the first world haves to the second and third worlds. Start by taking action to fix the backyard of the first world where you vote and influence regulations, show by example. Tear down a few hundred thousand suburban developer boxes and restore the hardwood forests and wild prairie that once grew there. Outlaw fuel burning for heat then subsidize heat pumps and thermal insulation. Enough said.

        • Barbara February 28, 2016, 8:21 am

          Ditto, with solar panels for all power, and a little more privacy, please. Pretty is as pretty does.

    • Lisa E. May 30, 2015, 3:39 pm

      I’m loving your posts, Steve. 😀

    • Patricia Schneider March 19, 2016, 5:30 pm

      Well said, Steve, well said.

  • Rue May 29, 2015, 12:20 am

    It’s pretty and all, but I look at all those open-walled spaces and can’t help but think of all the wildlife that might be happy to join you in your cozy rainforest retreat….bugs and skinks and snakes and goodness knows what else!

    • Patricia Schneider March 19, 2016, 5:49 pm

      I would screen in the covered patio against insects, birds, and other wildlife that would want to share the space—that would be easy to do, and I would put in bamboo shades that unroll from the ceiling to floor for privacy. Otherwise, I love this house.

      • Patricia Schneider March 19, 2016, 5:54 pm

        …if it was built somewhere else but the rainforest.

  • Michael May 31, 2015, 7:12 am

    Simply gorgeous!
    Add some screens to keep mosquito out and blinds if you like to have privacy – that’s it.

  • dea June 1, 2015, 1:42 pm

    I have a pang of ugh!, for the rainforest it’s such a shame… we are supposed to be of the age committed to conservation and wiser choices…mind I’m not saying this structure isn’t beautiful…I’m sure I’t can be beautiful in a thousand places …

  • Kay March 19, 2016, 5:32 pm

    All I can think is all those bugs and snakes crawling around this place…not for me!

  • Gabrielle Charest March 20, 2016, 2:38 am

    Perfect! It looks like it grew right out of its surroundings.

  • louise gray August 18, 2017, 11:11 am

    Exotic and breathtakingly beautiful.

  • Cate August 18, 2017, 11:43 am

    When you add the “modern” look to tiny houses, or just about anything for that matter, the place becomes very sterile and looks like an office environment. After a hard day at work at the “office”, who wants to come home to that again? That would be like punishment, not comfort.

  • Gabriella August 19, 2017, 4:09 pm

    This construction strongly reflects the style of the famous apartments of “Seagram Building” (1958), which Ludwig Mies van der Rohe in collaboration with Philip Johnson designed, specifically the arrangement of 360° around structural wall/wardrobe…element, so the path from the entrance with kitchen, dining, living space and sleeping area, everything in a circular way, and the panorama invests in all spaces. More fortunate corner accommodations. These two Great Architects, along with others, were the founders “Functionalism/Modernism / Minimalism”, an Architectural movement evidently very much imitated today, to theam
    to the Greatest Honors

  • Betty August 30, 2017, 8:55 pm

    In the rainforest?? Not for me.😒

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