House in Bioclimatic Experimental Urbanization / José Luis Rodríguez Gil

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Architects: José Luis Rodríguez Gil
Location: , Canary Islands,
Project Year: 2010
Photographs: Courtesy of Estudio José Luis Rodríguez

Project Area: 120 sqm
Collaborators: Rosenda V. Marrero Hernández, María Delgado
Budget: € 108,182.18

It is pretended to build a self-sufficient house integrated into the landscape of the island  characterized by a continuous terracing of its abrupt topography. This is the germ of project: a basalt stone wall on which a light structure of plywood with galvanized steel walls and glass supports advancing southwards.

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Is generated as well  an area connected to the outside (the day area )  relationship space that dominates the landscape and is protected from sun and wind. After the wall is located the sleeping area to the north  formed of small intimate venues to which is provided with high thermal inertia.

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This duality is expressed in conceptual  spatial  material and construction: dematerialization and the absence of limits of the living area (space relationship between users and between them and the landscape)  against the austere interior containment for shady sleeping area (areas of privacy).

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The house  designed in 1995  also aims to reduce its ecological footprint on the use of materials and construction systems  so using local materials (basalt wall insulation  covered with volcanic lapilli  etc..)  certified industrial materials environmentally (specifically the wood) and no harmful elements (PVC  VOC compounds  synthetic paints and varnishes  etc).

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The inclination of the structure of the day area is determined by the solar radiation  and it integrates the panels to produce electricity and hot water  seeking a result of ZERO CO2 EMISSIONS .

Cite: "House in Bioclimatic Experimental Urbanization / José Luis Rodríguez Gil" 10 Oct 2012. ArchDaily. Accessed 17 Sep 2014. <>


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    Beautiful, it looks so big for such a small foot print. I love this project, great job.

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    The house seems too small for about 5 people to live in comfortably. In addition, the idea of reducing carbon footprint is great, but the article didn’t present any measurements or proof that the house achieved its goal of zero CO2 emissions.

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    I liked the way they used the glazed façade in order to maximize the view and to create a relationship between the inside and the outside. It gives me sense of lightness.

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    I’m with you Amal, even it is a small house but the architect try to attract us by using tension structures which attached to the base, and different materials.

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    What i find interesting about this building, is the playful exterior which gives it a clustered-geometric-affect, yet it respects the privacy of each individual unit, where each on is oriented in different direction, the material which is used in the exterior gives the whole project an artistic elegance, tasteful design and harmonious ambiance that make it look uniquely different than the surrounding, the project remind me of the famous housing complex, habitat 67 – Canada, yet in a simpler approach that lessen the complexity without eliminating the unique touch of it.

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    I wished you explain how the water system and sanitation is also self-sufficient.

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