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Prefab Classic: Casa de Ferro (Iron House) in Tropical Africa

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“Casa de Ferro: Ever heard the saying �people who live in the tropics shouldn�t build iron houses�?

Nope? Neither had old Gustav when he came up with the highly impractical Casa de Ferro (Iron House), which he designed as a residence for the governor of the Portugese colony. Unfortunately the prefabricated iron building became (unsurprisingly!) unbearably hot under the African sun and the governor couldn�t live there.

Behind the Casa de Ferro lie the Jardim Tunduru (botanical gardens). At times a little overgrown, these beautiful gardens, which were designed in 1885 by the English gardener Thomas Honney”…. <More>

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