Buildings, Houses

CASA PONCE

Being a small program like a 150 m2 house, the freedom to think about more abstract and conceptual projects is facilitated, and it gives more space to think more about ideas than project functions. The house itself consists of two bedrooms, a social area with a foyer and two covered parking spaces. It is a simple program and it is an exercise in the analysis, understanding and development of three architectural ideas that attempt to interact integrally with the environment to intervene: space, materiality and place.

The idea of a house is a body extending its extremities and each of which meets a very different part of the terrain, topography, orientation, scenery, sunlight, etc. This makes the land in this case compatible with the house and not the house to the land, giving us some atypical spatial opportunities that increase the project’s interest in its environment.

Based on the above ideas, we decided that the conceptual style should not be compromised by its tectonics. Thus, the proposed materiality is reduced to 4 main elements: The structure is a concrete casing that extends to the shape of the house, and is equipped with a supporting metal profile that helps define the important spaces. They both support the top cover which is contained in a metal band that surrounds the entire perimeter. The same thing happened to the floor slabs creating a sandwich effect that was visible from the outside.

The house is an elongated body like a star, and with the interaction of the land with the house, contained spaces, semi-open or open depending on where the house is located. The social area is a “V” shaped space consisting of two bedrooms each at one end and oriented eastward towards the underground and ravines. The two sides of the V are connected to the foyer, which is the remaining triangular space that opens to the eye and frames the landscape. These spaces are connected to the other end, which is a closed garage that receives revenue and is buried along the slope until it is embedded in it.

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