Las Palmas House / Carlos Molina

  • 23 Jun 2013
  • Houses Selected Works
© Carlos Tobon

Location: Medellín,
Photographs: Carlos Tobon

Client: Claudia Lopez – Gustavo Rojas
Structures: Bernardo Marin
Landscape: Mesa y Uribe paisajistas
Construction: Carlos Molina, Claudia Lopez

© Carlos Tobon

Located to the east of Medellin, this house intends to frame the view of the Antioquia mountain landscape.

Within the green landscape, the house rises from the ground and extends into a concrete volume in the first level, that slides horizontally over a second volume clad in Black Buenaventura stone veneer. The design language of the facades is complemented by the use of wooden blinds covering the windows of the bathrooms, exposed steel girders and glass. This horizontal movement of the volumes creates vanishing points aimed at different angles of the landscape.

© Carlos Tobon

The main entrance is located at the confluence of the different volumes of the house. The entrance is through a ramp that floats over a reflecting pool which enters the house. The hall, sheltered from the sun by a wooden pergola, is a kind of preliminary step leading onto a new landscape, consisting of a double height social space housing the living room, the chimney, the dining room and a fully open kitchen, in an area that is connected and open to the exterior through a cantilevered deck over the garden.

© Carlos Tobon

Inside, the glass staircase is highlighted, integrating the rooms located on the second floor in a more intimate area sheltered from the outside. The visual relationship between the two levels is established through the double height living room volume, which is crossed by a glass bridge covered with a pergola that connects the bedrooms with the family room and the main bedroom balcony with the exterior terrace projected onto the landscape. This spatial dynamic that surrounds the void makes the relationship between the interior and the exterior with the different levels very versatile.

Cite: "Las Palmas House / Carlos Molina" 23 Jun 2013. ArchDaily. Accessed 23 May 2015. <>
  • Croco Dile

    Good plans, good matereals.
    Overall a nice house !