House on lot 23 / Juan Esteban Correa

Architects: Elejalde
Location:
Interior design and decoration: Des. Lina Ruiz Sierra
Construction: Fabrica de Arquitectura- Arch. Julián Felipe Villa, Arch. Felipe Restrepo
General contractor: Leonel Gómez
Constructed Area: 500 sqm
Photographs: Mónica Ángel, Juan Esteban Correa

THE CLIENTS

A Colombian couple living abroad (in Spain) for many years decided to come back to the country as they felt security and economic conditions had changed with the latest elected president. He and his wife wanted to establish their family and business here again and that meant not only buying an apartment and opening business, but also to have a place to spend weekend and holidays with the family, a long established tradition among Colombians.

For the latest they came to the office after my wife, an interior designer, decorated their apartment in the city. Their initial request was on two subjects:

THE TASK

  1. Help them find the right place for their holiday house on a well inhabited and secure site with specific natural conditions like warm weather, nice views, not flat, among others…
  2. To design a house for them and the kids with a modern, contemporary look that could remind them of their life in Europe and that could preserve and actual look in time as well as a house that, in some way could have a reminiscent idea of traditional colonial houses -this last idea appeared in the end after the selection of the site.

On the last idea, it was clear that I had to preserve a traditional organization of the house “inwards”, I mean, thinking more on the life of the home than on the social life. Here, one could perceive the idea of Islamic influenced Spanish architecture that was brought here to America in the colonising period.

On the modern contemporary look, the idea was to work with pure volumes with character of their own that by operating them through intersections, the complete volume and program of the house were created.

PROGRAM

  1. HOUSE: social (living, dining, kitchen, guest)
  2. GAME: a place semi outdoors for sharing
  3. “ZAGUAN”: The Spanish word to define that transition space on the entrance of the house.
  4. POOL & DECK: The place to enjoy the dry warm weather
  5. INNER COURTYARD: An “evocative” space with shadow and vegetation.
Cite: "House on lot 23 / Juan Esteban Correa" 09 Jun 2009. ArchDaily. Accessed 01 Sep 2014. <http://www.archdaily.com/?p=24082>

12 comments

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    excelente proyecto, buena relación con el contexto y las vistas…
    lo mejor; la calidez de los cubos de madera rompiendo el hormigón.

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    La arquitectura esta muy interesante, me gusta la relacion de interior y exterior que existe y el balance volumetrico (pesado vs. liviano) los materiales estan acertados.
    La escalera esta espectacular, aunque se nota que le hizo falta mas espacio en el primer descanso.
    El diseño interior esta flojo… :(

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    en mi opinion, cumple totalmente con los requerimientos del cliente y me agrada la relacion interior – exterior, ademas de la volumetria y contrastes de materiales de la casa.

    Como menciona paula, el diseño interior tal vez sea el unico pecado (de omision)pero se comprende por el caracter de casa de descanso donde eso pasa muchas veces a segundo termino.

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    El proyecto tiene buen ritmo y composicion. Un poco blando, despues de una hora me aburriria. Agradable cubierta vegetal. Sin embargo el interior da algo de lastima al comprarlo con el exterior. Nunca encontré el mentado puente del que tanto se habla en los bosquejos, que por cierto no son muy entendibles, gracias a Dios por los programas de dibujo. Es todo.

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    Awesome! Great site selection, Excellent views and, A full description of the concept! This part is very important. Architects should explain why they reached a particular design. Great!

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    Está beuno que se explique en términos prácticos cómo se llegó al proyecto, reto a Zaha, Gehry o cualquier otro de “esos” a que lo haga

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    very nice wood volumes , as a lot of big houses spaces are really too much ; i guess it would be nice to make this house inside a smaller volume with nearer spaces. Thanks to share it with us ;)

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    Extraordinario proyecto. El ritmo y la composición de toda la obra fueron definitivamente muy bien logrados. Juan Esteban te felicito por el excelente diseño en la volumetría. Me encantó el cuidadoso tratamiento y contraste de los materiales en la casa. Fenomenal!

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