Corallo House / PAZ Arquitectura

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Architect: PAZ Arquitectura – Alejandro Paz
Location: Santa Rosalía, ,
Collaborators: Axel Mendoza, Gabriel Rodriguez, Alex Titus, Mario Roberto Paz, Claudia Pezarozzi, Wolfgang Schoenbeck
Landscape Design: Pokorny y Valencia, Arquitectura de Paisaje
Construction: Conarq / Paz Arquitectura
Structure Design: Consultores Estructurales
Built Area: 747.50 sqm
Completion: 2011
Photographs: Andres Asturias

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Located on a dense hillside forest in the Santa Rosalía area of Guatemala City, Corallo House integrates the existing forest into the layout of the house. It merges nature into the architectural intervention. The design process began with the aim to preserve the existing trees, in order to have the trees interact with the living space.

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The floor plan is free of columns and the changes in level adapt to the existing topography. Both façades are mostly glass in order to connect the interior to the exterior. The main structural component is exposed concrete, which shows the rustic texture of the wood formwork, allowing a dialogue between the formal element and the textures of the forest.

Cite: "Corallo House / PAZ Arquitectura" 21 Mar 2012. ArchDaily. Accessed 16 Sep 2014. <>


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    most excellent. I love how the trees travel through the building and the interplay of the wood floors and stairs with the concrete form. Reminds me of a Ray Kappe house.

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