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Casa Mar / Coleman-Davis Pagan Arquitectos

  • 01:00 - 9 February, 2012
Casa Mar / Coleman-Davis Pagan Arquitectos
Casa Mar / Coleman-Davis Pagan Arquitectos, © José Fernando Vázquez Pérez
© José Fernando Vázquez Pérez

© José Fernando Vázquez Pérez © José Fernando Vázquez Pérez © José Fernando Vázquez Pérez © José Fernando Vázquez Pérez +50

  • Architects

  • Location

    Ocean Park, San Juan, Puerto Rico
  • Interior Designer

    BASICO (Jean Pierre Santoni)
  • Architects in charge

    Jose R. Coleman - Davis Pagán
  • Design Team

    Ariel Santiago Bermudez, Pedro J. Santa Rivera, Víctor Nieto Villalón, Yadira Adorno Pomales, Francisco Rivera Rodríguez, Edgardo D. Ocasio Roig, Yanitza Maldonado González
  • Photographs

From the architect. The project seeks to develop a fresh and novel concept for a private single-family residence in the context of a major public beach on the urban edge of San Juan. Altering this neighborhood’s traditional relationship with the ocean - one of virtual negation, the design reverts this tendency by celebrating the views to the sea and making it the focus of the important living spaces.

© José Fernando Vázquez Pérez
© José Fernando Vázquez Pérez

The initial concern - public vs. private = site vs. program - led to reconsider the typical site relationship by elevating the living spaces on two (2) levels above the ground and establishing a new ‘horizon’ with the clear intention of buffering – yet integrating - the intensely frequented beach. At the same time, this (3m) rise safeguards from a possible hurricane/storm surge - approximately every decade.

© José Fernando Vázquez Pérez
© José Fernando Vázquez Pérez

A simple, direct design scheme follows a coherent programmatic allocation of the habitable spaces - living and resting areas focusing on the ocean, service and less hierarchical spaces on the opposite side, with circulation in the center. This straightforward arrangement is further formulated into distinctive horizontal ‘layers’, from North to South:

© José Fernando Vázquez Pérez
© José Fernando Vázquez Pérez

* beach perimeter wall with sliding gate (privacy or transparency).

© José Fernando Vázquez Pérez
© José Fernando Vázquez Pérez

* garden with seven (7) large palm trees (existing at the site).

© José Fernando Vázquez Pérez
© José Fernando Vázquez Pérez

* linear swimming/lap pool

© José Fernando Vázquez Pérez
© José Fernando Vázquez Pérez

* (upcoming) bi-folding louvered ‘screen’, allowing degrees of privacy

© José Fernando Vázquez Pérez
© José Fernando Vázquez Pérez

* sliding glass doors (with roll-up curtains)

© José Fernando Vázquez Pérez
© José Fernando Vázquez Pérez

* main active and resting spaces (living, dining, family and bedrooms)

© José Fernando Vázquez Pérez
© José Fernando Vázquez Pérez

* circulation ‘strip’ - stair, landings, corridors and clerestory/slit roof

© José Fernando Vázquez Pérez
© José Fernando Vázquez Pérez

* board-formed exposed concrete wall (from basement to roof)

© José Fernando Vázquez Pérez
© José Fernando Vázquez Pérez

* service spaces (kitchen, laundry, baths, closets, guest rooms, etc.)

© José Fernando Vázquez Pérez
© José Fernando Vázquez Pérez

* ‘brise-soleil’ (deep overhangs, long vertical fins and small apertures)

© José Fernando Vázquez Pérez
© José Fernando Vázquez Pérez

* Six (6) trees at planting strip adjacent to property line

plan
plan

* South perimeter wall (vertical grooves permit ventilation to neighbor)

© José Fernando Vázquez Pérez
© José Fernando Vázquez Pérez

Vertically, the house is divided into occupancy zones:

diagram
diagram

* Basement – pump room, storage, gym and .

© José Fernando Vázquez Pérez
© José Fernando Vázquez Pérez

* Ground – terrace for informal activity & pool, entrance and parking

© José Fernando Vázquez Pérez
© José Fernando Vázquez Pérez

* Second level – living, dining, family, kitchen, laundry, guest room

© José Fernando Vázquez Pérez
© José Fernando Vázquez Pérez

* Third level – bedrooms, , study, bathrooms, closets

© José Fernando Vázquez Pérez
© José Fernando Vázquez Pérez

* Roof level – wood deck (North), mechanical/solar equipment (South)

© José Fernando Vázquez Pérez
© José Fernando Vázquez Pérez

All levels are physically interconnected by the linear stair and an elevator. Visually, they are integrated by two (2) double height spaces (permit diagonal views to the ocean and pool) and the central core. This core or ‘inner spine’ is unified by the board-formed concrete wall (from basement to roof), articulated with three (3) flights of the wood/glass stair (+ steel beam) and culminated on the East, West and roof with skylights and indirect natural light slits. On the West façade and part of the roof, above the entrance vestibule, this circulation ‘strip’ is further expressed with a sculpted, cast-in-place, terracotta-tinted, concrete wall – textured/rough exterior and smooth interior.

© José Fernando Vázquez Pérez
© José Fernando Vázquez Pérez

Addressing sustainability, the house features a linear photovoltaic-paneled pergola generating energy for most domestic consumption (except air conditioning) as well as providing shade and protection for the a/c compressors. Hot water is supplied by a vaccum tube solar heater. Rainwater is retained and stored in a ground-level cistern, supplying water for landscaping and hose bibs, as well as replenishing pool evaporation.

© José Fernando Vázquez Pérez
© José Fernando Vázquez Pérez
Cite: "Casa Mar / Coleman-Davis Pagan Arquitectos" 09 Feb 2012. ArchDaily. Accessed . <http://www.archdaily.com/205702/casa-mar-coleman-davis-pagan-arquitectos/>
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17 Comments

Eduardo vazquez · June 21, 2013

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J Rodriguez · March 03, 2012

@TaliRX_ esta era la casa q te dije los otros dias

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Joshua Bermudez · February 10, 2012

Another failed attempt to do architecture in PR!

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Decoracion de Interiores · February 09, 2012

Very nice and modern design. It's simple but it has everything that a person needs to live next to the sea. The swimming pool is a bit small, but considering it is part of the design is ok!

DECOKILLER · February 09, 2012 10:50 PM

Now GO decorate some wall.

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