Finger Joint House / LAND Arquitectos

© Cristóbal Palma

Architects: LAND Arquitectos
Location: Nogales, Valparaíso,
Structure: Manuel Ruiz
Construction: Juan Vicencio
Project area: 277 sqm
Project year: 2008 – 2009
Photographs: Cristóbal Palma

© Cristóbal Palma

We encountered a degraded agricultural site, which takes its value primarily by the distant view to the mountains and vineyards. So we wanted to create a new landscape concept and give new values to the immediate areas within the site, through the architecture and its interaction with the site.

© Cristóbal Palma

For achieving this we apply a simple strategy that we called “finger Joint” . JOINT: The point at which two parts join into an artificial structure. Architecture (artificial) + Field (artificial site, degraded agricultural land). This results in the arrangement of interlocking volumes (finger joint) with the terrain, shaping a new landscape. The “Landscaping” becomes active or functional, as these green voids in between the volumes provide ventilation and cools down the indoor temperature.

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Also, these voids are covered with vegetation that protects the from the strongest sun exposure from the north avoiding premature aging. The voids as yards have a functional role for the house too. The major views from the inside were direct o to the surrounding hills and vineyards.

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Passive sustainable strategies:

Green patios, cross-ventilation and opening to the prevailing winds to cool down the house White ventilated wooden covering on the outside walls.

For the complete photoset you can visit Cristobal Palma’s website.

Cite: "Finger Joint House / LAND Arquitectos" 30 Nov 2010. ArchDaily. Accessed 30 May 2015. <>