AD Round Up: Latin American Houses Part I

AD Round Up: Latin American Houses Part I

Last week we featured a Round Up of houses from the United States. So for you to start comparing different architecture at different places, we bring you our first Round Up of previously featured houses from Latin America.

Chile – Wall house / FAR frohn&rojas Wall house innovates on house design, through a sustainable soft skin. This house was awarded the 2007 AR Emerging Awards and selected as one of the 2008 Record Houses by Architectural Record. With a limited budget, our office was asked to design a residence for a retired couple in one of the suburban areas that stretch out from the center of Santiago de Chile along the Pan-American Highway (read more…)

Brazil – Vila Romana Residence / MMBB Arquitetos The design of the Espirito Santo Residence is derived from the twin imperatives of topography and usage. It is situated on a corner plot with views of the town’s principal valley, with a drop of 10 meters from one side of the plot to the other. The first question to be tackled was that of creating an artificial terrain that would allow for easy transit around the external areas and their use for day-to-day activities (read more…)

Mexico – Aquino House / Augusto Fernández Mas (K+A Diseño) This single-family residence is located on a steeped lot in front of federal government lands and aside a river; it entailed a series of building and environmental restrictions. The sloped terrain made retaining walls necessary, as well as a drainage system to channel large amounts of rainwater. The house is configured by orthogonal shapes and materials such as wood, stone and metal without artificial claddings (read more…)

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Ecuador – Pentimento House / Jose María Sáez & David Barragán A garden and a client without fear. An architecture to be naked to connect with their surroundings. Built with a single piece of prefabricated concrete, which can be placed in four different ways (assembly) which solves structure, wall, furniture, ladders, even a garden facade that is the origin of the project. Outside is a neutral grid that is camouflaged like a fence or hedge. Inside, each wall is different (read more…)

Colombia – Ecological Shelters at Finca El Retorno / G Ateliers The project is located in Guatapé- Antioquia, a place with natural potential for ecological tourism development just two hours from Medellín. The design acknowledges the natural beauty of the site to create 8 ecological shelters that care to minimize the impact on the site and achieve a delicate fusion of architecture and place. These shelters emerge from the topography and enhance the surrounding nature without competing with it (read more…)

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Cite: Sebastian Jordana. "AD Round Up: Latin American Houses Part I" 22 May 2009. ArchDaily. Accessed . <> ISSN 0719-8884

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