House in Casa de Campo / A-cero

© Fernando Manosalvas
© Fernando Manosalvas

Architects: A-cero / Joaquin Torres
Location:
Collaborator: Rafael Llamazares
Gardening/ landscaping: / Aybar
Construction: Arena Gorda
Project Year: 2006-2009
Photographs: Fernando Manosalvas

© Fernando Manosalvas © Fernando Manosalvas © Fernando Manosalvas © Fernando Manosalvas

The benign climate that prevails during the whole year in the Caribbean island, as well as the situation of the plot of 7.000 sqm first coast line, they determine in advance the project executed by A-cero Studio.

elevation 01
elevation

With a singular architectural idea and a certain level of risky, peculiar of the team that Joaquin Torres directs. There appear two blocks well separated from that there arises a game of curved volumes that look for the vertical position from the covering.

© Fernando Manosalvas
© Fernando Manosalvas

The housing is projected by demand of program of needs of the client, in only one plant. There is dressed the whole house of an indigenous stone of Coralline of clear tones (white – beige) that, to part of the proper quality of the material, a visual aspect that prospers with the abundant solar light, and the marine reference.

floor plan
floor plan
© Fernando Manosalvas
© Fernando Manosalvas

From the principal access, the house seems to hide behind an attainment of curved walls that believe a sculptural set. In the middle, a big door of two sheets in wood leads to the housing. The whole housing has crossed ventilation, this way to be able to make use of all the advantages of the Caribbean climate especially the sea breeze.

Cite: "House in Casa de Campo / A-cero" 27 Dec 2009. ArchDaily. Accessed 22 Aug 2014. <http://www.archdaily.com/?p=44635>

32 comments

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    Too bad the “curved walls” have gravel in front of them. They would make excellent wall-rides… you know, for skateboarding.

    Side note: This sounds really funny,”The housing is projected by demand of program of needs of the client, in only one plant.”

    of of of

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    although normally I wouldn’t be a fan of the “skateboard ramp” style, in this case it really seems to fit the context. the house really seems to become part of the beach.

    I do worry about how this house will stand up to an extreme weather event. All that glass and the airfoil roofs doesn’t seem like a good place to be during a hurricane (does Dominican Republic get hurricanes?). I have to assume that the designers took this into account and that there is structure and reinforcement within the shell so that everything is protected.

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    My concern is how to protect the raw concrete roof against the mildew, fungus etc… I will need to see a picture of the house 5 years from now…

    am

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    rehash of 1950′s…nothing really new or experimental here, just more expensive than the 50′s.

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    agree with you guys, this is how if Mr. Le Corbusier get married with Oscar niemeyer, anyway i like it !

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    i cant see what is wrong… corbusier and niemeyer should be a very good source of inspiration for everyone. a very beautiful piece of architecture.

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    It’s hard not to admit that this house makes a nice spot to nice beach sunsets. I tend to like nicely organized plans such as this. but the construction could take advantadge of that (I believe this is all cast on situ)

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    I DONT KNOW WHY PEOPLE STILL SAY ITS INSPIRED DESIGN FROM CORBUSIER!!
    THIS COULD BE ONE’S OWN THOUGHT!!
    USING CERTAIN FORMS DOES NOT MEAN THAT THEY ARE COPIED,IT MAY BE SELF DEVELOPED.

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