The house, as an isolated building, re-creates with its scale, language, and relationship with the landscape, the simplicity and proportions of the traditional Caribbean single-family house.
An architectural culture characterized by oblique silhouettes, palaphitic platforms, a particular color and porosity of enclosures, large volumes of internal air, adjustable windows, ubiquitous terraces and extendable interior enclosures. The materials and construction techniques combine the stability and rigidity of the structural skeletons in metal and reinforced concrete, with porous and flexible enclosures, both resources that provide security and stability in a context of sustainability; passive air flow and respect for the environment.
The hard and the soft, the handcrafted and the manufactured, the solid and the porous, are all constructive attributes that provide standardized dimensions. A component for modulation and simple assembly logics that optimize processes, reduce costs, and enable growth in stages to alleviate tensions amongst served communities.
The plan is developed from a central nucleus that brings together the bathroom and kitchen facilities within it. Around it we propose a terrace, private rooms, social areas, and a flexible space for multiple use; a set of spaces that can be vertically extended to a versatile mezzanine useful as an additional bedroom, a deposit, family work space, or a tourist accommodation room.
The passive and economic climate strategy relies on the porosity and natural activation of air flows, assimilating anthologically-proven traditions. The prefabricated and porous surfaces of enclosures and interior divisions are arranged with the purpose of providing an eventual confinement of the interior space: the only proven strategy as effective protection against adverse natural events. For the contingency of responding to disastrous hurricanes, the strategy of a spatial formwork emerges as a snail-shell metaphor: planes that fold and retract to transform the house into an airtight box, a response capable of facing large-scale lateral forces of wind.
The house also incorporates an ordinary but efficient sustainable technology: enclosures and divisions in cultivated and immunized wood, collection and filtering of rainwater, passive activation for climate comfort, solar energy, reuse of sewage, separation and recycling of solid waste, among others. The low carbon footprint is promoted from the materiality and the construction process and is prolonged with energy support and recycling processes that ensure, at low cost, the deployment of light infrastructures with due respect for the environment.
* PROJECT DESIGNED IN COLLABORATION WITH
SERGIO TRUJILLO ARQUITECTOS