Site Size: 4,703 square feet
Project Size: 69,000 square feet
Program: A couple with two children wanted to build a vacation house in Girardot, Colombia, a popular tourist spot three hours southwest of Bogotá. On the grounds of a former cattle farm, the site had no trees, but offered views of the mountains nearby. The clients hoped to take advantage of the outdoors and the mild tropical climate—but otherwise had few instructions for the architects, who have designed 15 houses in the same neighborhood in the last 15 years.
Solution: The house consists of two rectangular buildings, connected by a bamboo pergola. The buildings, reinforced concrete structures coated in plaster, are one story each. The first, containing living, dining, and kitchen areas, is topped by a rooftop terrace looking out to the mountains; the second has four bedrooms, which can each accommodate a family. In back, four folding screens, made of oxidized steel and oak, open out to a pool to the west.
Owners: Hugo Diaz, Claudia Upegui
Completion Date: March 2012
Gross square footage: 4.703 square feet
Site Size: 69.000 square feet
Total construction cost: Withheld
Personnel in architect's firm who should receive special credit:
Electrical and Lighting Engineer:
Exterior cladding: Cement plaster
Precast concrete wall nest, developed in association with “Girardot Prefabs” a local craftsman industry that makes concrete posts.
Masonry: Clay brick walls plastered
Prefab floor tiles: Interior floor tiles and concrete green roof slabs made by Rafael Gamboa Prefabs
Swimming pool equipment: