Windy House / Estudio Valdes

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Architects: Estudio Valdes / Leonardo Valdes- Alejandra Demaria – Federico Prieto
Localización: Santo Domingo
Landscape: Juan Grimm
Lighting: Sandra Bordoni- Carolina Palacios
Main Materials: , Petorca grey stones, Cypress wood
Site area: 3,000 sqm
Project year: 2005
Construction year: 2006-2007
Photographs: Alejandra Demaria

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This vacation home consists of two separate living areas that reside in a single home. This is an ideal vacation situation for extended family (grandparents, parents, and sons and daughters) as the home provides plenty of privacy for both families.

The house is located on the coast of Santo Domingo, (Region V of ) in the upper part of the border coast which resembles a balcony over the beach with a great view at the pacific ocean.

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The Santo Domingo coast is defined by its windy landscape, with predominant winds from the S-W. The “s” is the reason why the house works as panel, keeping the terrace and swimming pool area very tranquil; the living room works as a “bifocal” between the ocean view and the terrace, protecting the back of the house from excess wind.

The overarching concept of the house is that of a strong concrete module with great detail. Pilars and beams are accented by stone, basalt, cipres wood and glass. This orden goes to the whole project bringing harmony to the house in its details.

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The structural module is demonstrated inside the house via the beams of house behind the tiles, the openings and closings between dwellings, and finally bringing at last a module order trough the whole project.

At last the house works as a boutique Hotel where each passenger enjoy the pleasure of each room and the elegance of the public spaces wich are very confortable places to be. The kitchen as and example it s worked as dining room keeping out materials often use to this spaces.

Cite: "Windy House / Estudio Valdes" 26 Sep 2009. ArchDaily. Accessed 31 Oct 2014. <http://www.archdaily.com/?p=36111>
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  • mike

    the interiors somehow remind me of villas from the 1960′s, but in a very positive way! Love it.

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  • daniel

    what a lovely layout . my first instinct would have been to expose the main garden towards the ocean . but this is probaly the way to do it right . to have a sheltered intoverted garden and putting all of the main and important functions facing the sea . i realy liked the position of the main entrance which immediatly ofers a vista to the ocean and than the long inner “road” again with the open vista outside with its double height section and the beutifull exposed beams . this is the kind of house you don’t tend to see nowadays. most of the houses look more or less the same with similar motifs . this is an architects house . function matters most here . the only way i belive true architecture should be like . and what a smart way of using the local givven topography , the house glides harmoniously
    over the slope .
    by the way this house is ment for two families ?

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    Excellent.! I like how they framed the stone walls with columns and beams, somehow looks stately. The interior and plan look quite unique, creating spaces outside and saving the views and making it all work so nicely. The use of materials in this project is just incredible.

  • theChavacano

    This house is sublime, the choice of the materials could not be more accurate,

  • lester

    wonderful house.
    I want one. =)

  • eriko

    esta muy hermosa la casa .. el lugar en la playa y una ilumincaion asombrosa ralmente un gran logro!! ya me imagino en una junta familiar tipo año nuevo !! q bonito seria tener una casa asi.. felicitaciones

  • Bu.*

    Wish I was rich enough to live in one of these…..lol

  • Barry Hill

    what an amazing house, great layout, very textured and sits well on site. Two thumbs up

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  • ariana roberts

    very pretty

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