A Caracas house is inspired by the Venezuelan jungle

A residential design set in lush greenery in Caracas, the Jungle House, created in collaboration between Miami's Oppenheim Architecture and Venezuela's Croig Arquitectos, draws inspiration from the ragged volumes of old ruins and the South American country's jungles

Dinesen Jungle House
This new residential project in Venezuela is the brainchild of a collaboration between Oppenheim Architecture in Miami and Croigarquitectos in Caracas
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Miami based Oppenheim Architecture has collaborated with Caracas firm Croig Arquitectos on a new residential project in the Venezuelan capital. The Jungle House appears calm and confident, set within its green setting, basking under the Caracas sun. 

The team explains: the design was inspired by the ragged, solid volumes of ruins that have been engulfed by jungle – an iconic image of ancient Central and South American sites. The house, made out of concrete and clad in textured local stone, creates a similar – yet thoroughly contemporary – impression, placed among verdant gardens, which also feature a shimmering, long swimming pool at the edge of the property. 

Dinesen Jungle House staircase

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Inside however, the house transforms into an elegant luxurious home, lined in bespoke joinery and HeartOak Dinesen flooring, and featuring large windows that bathe the interiors with light and open up framed views of the outdoors.

This relationship between inside and outside was key, explain the architects. ‘As you go from the kitchen to the living room, you always transit through the patio which was what the client intended,' they say. ‘This is a family home with a hub in the heart of the house where the family can gather – reading books or playing the piano.' 

Natural materials and a neutral colour palette ensure the building feels serene and cocooning; while palm trees and tropical foliage outside ‘carry the sounds of the jungle', the architects add.

Dinesen Jungle House exterior

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Dinesen Jungle House facade detail

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Dinesen Jungle House living room

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Dinesen Jungle House view out

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Dinesen Jungle House study

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Dinesen Jungle House swimming pool

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Dinesen Jungle House bathroom

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Ellie Stathaki is the Architecture & Environment Director at Wallpaper*. She trained as an architect at the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki in Greece and studied architectural history at the Bartlett in London. Now an established journalist, she has been a member of the Wallpaper* team since 2006, visiting buildings across the globe and interviewing leading architects such as Tadao Ando and Rem Koolhaas. Ellie has also taken part in judging panels, moderated events, curated shows and contributed in books, such as The Contemporary House (Thames & Hudson, 2018), Glenn Sestig Architecture Diary (2020) and House London (2022).

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