ArchDaily | Broadcasting Architecture Worldwidethe world's most visited architecture website
i

Sign up now and start saving and organizing your favorite architecture projects and photos

i

Find the most inspiring products for your projects in our Product Catalog.

i

Get the ArchDaily Chrome Extension and be inspired with every new tab. Install here »

All
Projects
Products
Events
Competitions
  1. ArchDaily
  2. Projects
  3. Houses
  4. Colombia
  5. Antonio Sofan
  6. 2009
  7. Santa Elena House / Antonio Sofan

Santa Elena House / Antonio Sofan

  • 01:00 - 4 August, 2010
Santa Elena House / Antonio Sofan
Santa Elena House / Antonio Sofan, © Carlos Tobon
© Carlos Tobon

© Carlos Tobon © Carlos Tobon © Carlos Tobon © Carlos Tobon +14

  • Architects

  • Location

    Medellín, Antioquia, Colombia
  • Architects

    Antonio Sofan
  • Project Team

    Saul Miranda
  • Consulting Structural And Civil Engineers

    John Jairo Cuartas
  • Construction Cost

    €150,000
  • Area

    106.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2009
  • Photographs

From the architect. Santa Elena is a rural farming area up in the mountains, east of Medellín, Colombia. It composes a group of 17 small villages called: “veredas”. People who live down in the valley think of Santa Elena as a scenic, fresh air place of cool temperatures.

Most of the land around Santa Elena, including the beautiful Arvi Natural Park, is state owned and protected. Building density restrictions insure that the area will remain a rural setting of rolling hills, great vistas, streams, forests, clean air and water.

Outside the villages Santa Elena’s scattered development landscape is populated mainly by large vacation houses or weekend retreats. Only a small percentage is made up of lived in year around residences owned by descendants of foreign immigrants from Germany, France and Italy.

The steep sloped solar on which the house was to be built had been purchased by two different owners. One of them occupied the top of the hill with a 300 M2 house and about three years later I was commissioned to design a cottage no larger than 100 M2.

Rather than trying to make an architectural statement, I opted for complementing the superb view with an almost imperceptible mark to the site.

© Carlos Tobon
© Carlos Tobon

I wanted the natural landscape to continue its course so the house is accessed through a very discrete opening on the roof deck emphasized by a pink mosaic wall. That is all what is perceived from above; therefore I call this view the main façade. As the roof deck folds down in sections stopping at different heights the scenery façade gets generated framing different views along a linear circulation path.

It’s all about helping nature to move with the architecture form. I think I have achieved that with the use of materials and the way one articulates with the next in progression.

The client requested a specific program of two bedrooms, (one at each end), two bathrooms, small kitchen and meditation room. No lounging areas except for the roof deck which occasionally would be used as a platform for yoga.

© Carlos Tobon
© Carlos Tobon

All of these spaces are linearly arranged and threaded by a circulation facing de view. As one walks along, different versions of the landscape are revealed.

Both bathrooms are at each end so the light coming through is regulated by a pattern of openings with glass block. This is really a pixilated abstraction of the pine tree forests which flank the site on both sides.

There was no need to provide a heating or air conditioning system. The climate gets barely cool at night so interior materials like cork plank flooring help maintain the heat captured during the day.

© Carlos Tobon
© Carlos Tobon

The house is roofed with a waterproofed very thin and slightly sloped concrete slab. Disposable bamboo boxes were arranged on a brick pattern and used to form the underside of the slab while it was being poured. That is a very traditional method of casting concrete in the area while it provided an incredible ceiling texture. Storm water is collected to the back of the roof deck against the slope of the hill in a concrete channel drain which runs the width of the house. The pressure treated wood deck system simply sits leveled on the concrete slab. Planks are separated so the water filters through and drains down.

Interior details are very simple. All walls inside are painted white and the ceiling is painted a very light shade of cool gray. Doors are flush to the walls creating a monolithic impression. The bathrooms needed to express dynamism and movement as well. Their walls are tiled with white and three shades of blue glass mosaic creating a pattern of tiers running in the same direction with all the rest of the materials. The same effect is reinforced with the narrow mirror glass which folds up to the ceiling. Four blocks of end grain cut teak make the top of the wall hung vanity on which a vessel sink rests leaving cleanable floor space underneath. The shower and bath glass sliding doors are silk screened with a digital photograph of a water splash.

Closets have no doors. Instead a reclaimed wood beam hides the curtain rods from which Dupioni silk drapes are hung.

Cite: "Santa Elena House / Antonio Sofan" 04 Aug 2010. ArchDaily. Accessed . <http://www.archdaily.com/71645/santa-elena-house-antonio-sofan/>
Read comments

32 Comments

Directorio de casas rurales · November 05, 2011

Someone essentially lend a hand to make seriously articles I'd state. That is the first time I frequented your web page and up to now? I surprised with the research you made to make this actual submit incredible. Wonderful job!

saree ws. ^^ · December 26, 2010

Santa Elena House / Antonio Sofan | ArchDaily http://t.co/praaXH9 via @saree_arth

Ross Nuccio · August 14, 2010

RT @StackedStone: green #architecture doesn&#39t get better than this! Homes built RIGHT in2 the hillside: http://bit.ly/cmaTBK RT!

John Nicholson · August 11, 2010

Felicitaciones... wonderful use of the terrain, and very clean open lines. We did the opposite, fixed up an old farm house with walls of "tapia" in the same area (vereda El Plan, parte de Santa Elena).

Jose Eduardo · August 07, 2010

Santa Elena House / Antonio Sofan | ArchDaily http://bit.ly/cOvQx7

arquitectura basica · August 06, 2010

Santa Elena House / Antonio Sofan http://www.archdaily.com/71645...

Knut Eric Wingsch · August 06, 2010

Santa Elena House, Medellin, Colombia / Antonio Sofan http://fb.me/DnxjLsDH

La Dany · August 05, 2010

Santa Elena House, Medellín | Casa Santa Elena, Medellín http://fb.me/DErFPpKJ

Gosia Kung, AIA · August 05, 2010

I love how this house is wedged into the landscape http://fb.me/DRamXgEW

thomas foral · August 05, 2010

Santa Elena House / Antonio Sofan | ArchDaily http://bit.ly/cOvQx7

Seattle Glass Block · August 05, 2010

This house located in Medellin, Colombia incorporates glass block in a very unique way on an exterior wall. The... http://fb.me/wS4qqsic

znA · August 04, 2010

"Santa Elena House / Antonio Sofan | ArchDaily"( http://twitthis.com/pouj3j )

steorfan · August 04, 2010

Santa Elena House / Antonio Sofan http://dlvr.it/3PCCB

André Amaral · August 04, 2010

NICE!!! >>> Santa Elena House / Antonio Sofan | ArchDaily http://bit.ly/cOvQx7

The Real Pecan ? · August 04, 2010

RT @nicholaspatten: Santa Elena House. http://bit.ly/aGVPk2

Kevin McGowan · August 04, 2010

green #architecture doesn&#39t get better than this! Homes built RIGHT in2 the hillside: http://bit.ly/cmaTBK RT!

Nicholas Patten · August 04, 2010

Santa Elena House. http://bit.ly/aGVPk2

sullka · August 04, 2010

two thumbs up, Antonio.....finally seeing a floor plan btw.

Paula Lopes · August 04, 2010

Santa Elena House / Antonio Sofan : http://www.archdaily.com/71645...

Scott @ Cube Studio · August 04, 2010

Santa Elena House / Antonio Sofan | ArchDaily: Architects: Antonio Sofan Location: Medellin, Co... http://bit.ly/9ceZAq www.cubestudio.info

yayo · August 04, 2010

Santa Elena House / Antonio Sofan | ArchDaily http://bit.ly/cOvQx7

AxeTB · August 04, 2010

Theh... I like the idea of descending into a house and coming out on top of a valley. I would've liked to see the effect of the different levels of windows on the way the interior is experienced.

Architecture+Molding · August 04, 2010

Santa Elena House / Antonio Sofan: Architects: Antonio Sofan Location: Medellin, Colombia Project Team: Saul Miran... http://bit.ly/dDg2M5

Leila Tomaselli · August 04, 2010

Santa Elena House / Antonio Sofan via ArchDaily - © Carlos Tobon Architects: Antonio Sofan ... http://tinyurl.com/33p5oqk

Architekt R V Scholz · August 04, 2010

#architekt Santa Elena House / Antonio Sofan: Architects: Antonio Sofan Location: Medellin, Co... http://bit.ly/9ceZAq #in http://dy.cx/c03

Ramon Cardona · August 04, 2010

Tetris anyone?! - Santa Elena House / Antonio Sofan http://j.mp/dDxga6

ArchitecturePassion · August 04, 2010

Santa Elena House / Antonio Sofan: © Carlos TobonArchitects: Antonio Sofan Location: Medellin, Colombia Project.. http://tinyurl.com/26h68fk

Cibele Machado · August 04, 2010
Bocetos Digitales · August 04, 2010

Santa Elena House / Antonio Sofan: © Carlos TobonArchitects: Antonio Sofan Location: Medellin, Colombia Project Te... http://bit.ly/dDg2M5

dezign_bot · August 04, 2010

Santa Elena House / Antonio Sofan: © Carlos TobonArchitects: Antonio Sofan Location: Medellin, Colombia Project Te... http://bit.ly/aVsokq

karina perdomo · August 04, 2010

Casa @ Medellin. Venezuela tendra cosas asi para publicar? cc @entrerayas RT @archdaily Santa Elena House A.Sofan http://archdai.ly/aLHxkk

rental_watanabe 2.0 · August 04, 2010

?archi info? Santa Elena House / Antonio Sofan http://dlvr.it/3NPfl #Houses (archdaily) #rental_archiinfo

···

Comments are closed

Read comments