Welcome to the Jungle

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April 14, 2009

In Central America, Spanish colonial architecture prevails. But the creeping tide of modernism—represented here by the home of architect José Roberto Paredes—is signaling that change is afoot. Paredes gives us a tour of his house, set in the rain forest outside San Salvador, El Salvador.

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  Dotted by potted plants and lined with a simple iron gate, Casa Tuscania’s back patio aims to exist harmoniously with the wild environment just beyond.  Photo by: Paco Perez
    Dotted by potted plants and lined with a simple iron gate, Casa Tuscania’s back patio aims to exist harmoniously with the wild environment just beyond.

    Photo by: Paco Perez

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  Banks of windows and translucent panels help keep Casa Tuscania nice and airy.  Photo by: Paco Perez
    Banks of windows and translucent panels help keep Casa Tuscania nice and airy.

    Photo by: Paco Perez

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  José Roberto looks down on the secluded courtyard, where Pilar and Patty open things up.  Photo by: Paco Perez
    José Roberto looks down on the secluded courtyard, where Pilar and Patty open things up.

    Photo by: Paco Perez

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  Exposed beams and a cantilevered loft soar over the high-traffic eating area, giving the family a sense of spaciousness.  Photo by: Paco Perez
    Exposed beams and a cantilevered loft soar over the high-traffic eating area, giving the family a sense of spaciousness.

    Photo by: Paco Perez

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  The bottom level houses the bedrooms where Pilar, José Roberto, Patty, and Jimena loll.  Photo by: Paco Perez
    The bottom level houses the bedrooms where Pilar, José Roberto, Patty, and Jimena loll.

    Photo by: Paco Perez

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  The family room contains furniture reminiscent of Ligne Roset’s Togo collection and a CH 07 egg-carton lamp by Salvadoran designer Eugenio Menjívar.  Photo by: Paco Perez
    The family room contains furniture reminiscent of Ligne Roset’s Togo collection and a CH 07 egg-carton lamp by Salvadoran designer Eugenio Menjívar.

    Photo by: Paco Perez

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  Jimena makes use of a giant chalkboard just outside.  Photo by: Paco Perez
    Jimena makes use of a giant chalkboard just outside.

    Photo by: Paco Perez

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  José Roberto, who says his family is always cooking something, prepares a snack with Jimena on the Ariston gas cooktop installed on the custom table.  Photo by: Paco Perez
    José Roberto, who says his family is always cooking something, prepares a snack with Jimena on the Ariston gas cooktop installed on the custom table.

    Photo by: Paco Perez

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