Cabana Floripa: A hilltop home created “intuitively” from demolished houses

Sustainable housing takes on a whole new angle with the hilltop home, known as ‘Cabana Floripa’, in the island of Florianópolis, Brazil, made from demolished houses.

Cabana Floripa was built by Uruguayan visual artist Jaime entirely using his “intuition”. He collected scrap pieces of glass bottles, ceramic tiles, demolition wood, pottery scraps and mirrors and an assortment of trash, much of it from demolished houses, that he had found in the local area.


Mixing it up with pieces of Mother Nature including tree branches used for shelving, the hilltop home is a fun and charming example of recycled housing. The colourful and enticing eco-friendly space was originally used as Jaime’s studio, but he now rents the space via AirBnB.

The recycled home – which comprises of a double bed and a single bed on the lower level and a double bed in the loft, and includes a bathroom and kitchen – is located in the north of Florianópolis, overlooking crystal clear waters and a fine white sandy beach.

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Cabana Floripa is part of the Art House complex of four houses on a plot of 5,000 metres on the Brazilian island. Each house in the complex has been built in line with eco-friendly principles.

Jaime, who has lived in the area for 30 years, said: “I started to create and build intuitively with material deemed by others as garbage. All the houses are designed with the same ecological awareness. The secret is to get back to basics, to re-use and to recycle.”

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Brazil has many initiatives when it comes to making products by recycling trash found on beaches and streets. Cabana Floripa is an original piece of architecture and design which makes for a quirky place to stay, that is unique and exemplary of the resourcefulness of its owner.

Cabana Floripa is available to rent via Airbnb

Rosalind Medea is Life & Soul Magazine’s Chief. She is a journalist who writes about sustainable life & style, music, entertainments and wellbeing. Rosalind also works as a spiritual life coach and intuitive advisor helping people to become who they truly are and manifest their heart & soul’s desires into their lives:

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