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Habitable Polyhedron / Manuel Villa

  • 01:00 - 17 September, 2009
Habitable Polyhedron / Manuel Villa
Habitable Polyhedron / Manuel Villa, © Manuel Villa
© Manuel Villa

© Manuel Villa © Manuel Villa © Manuel Villa © Manuel Villa +22

  • Architects

  • Location

    Bogotá, Colombia
  • Architect

    Manuel Villa
  • Collaborators

    Arq. Alberto González, Ana María Largacha (Gardens)
  • Construction

    Arq. Manuel Villa
  • Area

    75.0 sqm
  • Project Year

  • Photographs

From the architect. The project, meant for a family house back yard in the suburbs, aimed at designing a small park or opened area where the young parents and their newborn child would enjoy a independent space from day to day house activities, a space for reading, playing, etc. Having in mind this objective, and considering the usages of the space in the long term, it was proposed the project incorporated a small building to complement and support outside activities. That way he building would serve as a shelter for the child to share with his parents and, later on, as his own personal activities and hobbies setting.

© Manuel Villa
© Manuel Villa

To begin with, the project wants to recover the natural space, to rebuild its original vocation, the native woods. Thereof, the notion of “park” refers to a recovered natural enviroment that allows for several activities to be discovered as users themselves dwell in it.

© Manuel Villa
© Manuel Villa

The accompanying building, facing the natural landscape, constitutes a complementary space that supplies protection, refuge, or a dwelling area. Being a light structure, it should be able to give a protection and shelter sensation, and at the same time allow for several activities inside it, specially those having to do with space perception and comprehension. To come into form, the project is inspired in the shape’s perception processes the children develop in their first years of life. The basic shapes of things and their differences are key elements in the development of knowledge, and specifically in acquiring reading skills and geometric basic concepts.

© Manuel Villa
© Manuel Villa

The outcome is a Regular Polyhedron –a “Truncated Cubic-octahedron”– transformed into a inhabitable space; a self-standing volume with one of his faces opened to the surroundings, and little windows on the sides and at the top that supply day light and optimal air circulation conditions. Inside, the space is arranged with a drawing area with a desk and ledge, and a resting place (sofa).

© Manuel Villa
© Manuel Villa
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Alex Scott-Harris · July 10, 2012

This is a beautiful structure, not sure how much this would cost to put into production but it would be a huge shame if it wasn't. I've seen many outdoor rooms in my searches but this is truly fantastic. It has a purity of simplicity and geometry.

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La casita en el jardín que cualquier adulto soñaría con tener:

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mariusssmoke · November 24, 2010

it's ideal for me when i need a place to stay me myself and I

Arjan de Ridder · August 31, 2010

I really really like this garden retreat.. Would look great in my garden..

Ann Marie Gamble · July 31, 2010

I&#39d like a backyard fort like this:

Jeremy Holmes · July 31, 2010

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Patrick Lowell · May 27, 2010

Interested in building / marketing these awesome structures in the U.S. What are the approximate costs in the structures an as well what are the possibilities of marketing/sales in the U.S. ? Thanks for your time..Patrick

Jorge Gutiérrez · April 14, 2010

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David S. Miller · April 14, 2010

Habital Polyhedron:

Diane Charno · April 04, 2010

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Kathryn Temple · April 03, 2010

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panza · September 18, 2009

this is where you can flee when your family is annoying you :)

oscar falcón lara · September 18, 2009

Great! it is a fun little geometric house. I think there is something cool about geodesic structures, this one is no exception. Nice.

RT · September 17, 2009

yea! a jewel-box...kinda cute

ofv · September 17, 2009

C'est très moche !

christopher · September 17, 2009 11:27 PM

oui oui!

Pierre · September 17, 2009

Am I the only one who's thinking Prada transformer?

Terry Glenn Phipps · September 17, 2009 05:02 PM

No, you're not the only one. The first thing I thought was this is a useful version of the ridiculous ego toy that is the Prada Transformer.

This is a lovely thing. I wouldn't mind having one clad in copper or galvanized.


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