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We love all types of green design! Green walls, also known as vertical gardens, are gardens that literally grow along the wall. Green roofs, also known as living roofs, are garden rooftops. Both are forms of biophilia, the concept of bringing nature directly into the spaces where we live and work.

This house, the Atelier Villa Costa Rica, designed by Dagmar Stepanova of the Formafatal architecture firm, is a prime example. Yes, it’s a house that is physically located in the middle of the jungle. But you also feel like you are actually in the jungle while in the house; a simultaneously indoor and outdoor experience at once. Let’s take a closer look! 


The green roof means that viewed from above, and from a distance, the house sits inconspicuously on the hillside, amidst the lush greenery. And from inside the house, you’re surrounded by the jungle’s vegetation, with green as far as the eye can see. 


What is so unique about the design is that there’s almost no boundary between outside and in. Glass-walled bedrooms make you feel like you’re immersed in nature. Other walls are metal screens that can be raised, turning into canopies overhead, and literally open the house to the outdoors. The swimming pool is partially covered as well, so you can have both an indoor and outdoor swimming experience.

natural materials

The house is constructed with natural materials like wood and metal throughout the space. Burnt teak wood covers the exterior of the house. The screens are made of perforated metal so they provide shade on a hot day, yet still let the sunlight stream through. Inside, there is a suspended wood ceiling.

And of course, nature itself is the star here, and you’ve got a front seat to the show!

Sources: The Contemporist; Formafatal


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