Architect Andre Eisenlohr's breezy Eucalyptus House is a low-impact wooden shelter that stands on stilts. Situated in a forest reserve area close to Sao Paulo, it makes the most of a neatly organized single level. Fitting a bedroom, a bathroom and an integrated kitchen and living room area into a small but well-thought-out space, this compact eucalyptus home rises above the forest.
Eucalyptus House’s big windows provide great views into the valley and make good use of natural light, while small windows on the side keep the heat inside in a passive way. Treated eucalyptus beams and jatoba Apuleia leiocarpa stilts support this woodland shelter while treading lightly on the land. Sustainably managed Muiracatiara wood was used for the floor and exterior deck, providing a long-lasting, weatherproof space for contemplation.
95% of the house’s leftover material was reused in the kitchen wall, countertops and furniture, while planks of OSB wood act as recycled wallpaper. Thermal insulation between the walls (rock wool) and solar panels for water heating keep the tiny shelter warm all through the year. Brazil’s Eucalyptus House is a great home for a couple that seeks a simple sustainable life immersed in scented trees.