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BO House / Plan B Arquitectos

  • 01:00 - 19 October, 2014
  • Translated by Lorena Quintana
BO House / Plan B Arquitectos
BO House / Plan B Arquitectos, ©  Alejandro Arango
© Alejandro Arango

©  Alejandro Arango ©  Alejandro Arango ©  Alejandro Arango ©  Alejandro Arango + 37

  • Architects

  • Location

    Envigado, Colombia
  • Jefes de Proyecto

    Felipe Mesa, Federico Mesa
  • Project Area

    300.0 m2
  • Project Year

  • Category

©  Alejandro Arango
© Alejandro Arango

Text description provided by the architects. 1. Rural House

This house is located on a nearly flat rural land and at an altitude above sea level of 2100m, which in the tropics corresponds to a cold and rainy, wet ecosystem, with strong winds but without seasons. What were areas of pastures and crops before have started to transform into residential areas and in this context we chose to bring this architecture to that of barns and farm houses, with wide roofs and compact and easily identifiable forms.

Planta Primer Piso
Planta Primer Piso

Sección 1 Sección 4 Planta Cubierta Emplazamiento + 37

2. Parallel porches

A structure of concrete columns, horizontal and slanted beams, as parallel planes, generates in an organized and simple way the structure of the house and its roof. The structure is left exposed on the ground floor, but is clad to shape the roof: above with an asphalt shingle (high heat gain), and below with agglomerate boards finished with a shade of light yellow paint.

©  Alejandro Arango
© Alejandro Arango

3. Life in two levels

Within a compact rectangular outline, the social life of the house takes place on the ground floor and the private life on the second floor, but both are connected by a vertical and continuous space, configured by the roof. Being on the ground floor is to enjoy the nearby landscape, the dogs, the fireplace and the concrete pergola that expands to the garden. Being on the second floor is to inhabit the slopes of the roof, its skylights, deep windows and warm temperature.

©  Alejandro Arango
© Alejandro Arango

4. Bioclimatics

The morning and afternoon sun impact the long facades of the house, allowing to heat a larger surface all day, and its compact, symmetrical and regular shape, without courtyards and with concentrated exchange points (skylights, windows, doors), controls the flow of cold wind, allowing to gain temperature and natural lighting in the rooms or in the living room.

©  Alejandro Arango
© Alejandro Arango

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Cite: "BO House / Plan B Arquitectos" [Casa BO / Plan:b arquitectos] 19 Oct 2014. ArchDaily. (Trans. Quintana, Lorena) Accessed . <> ISSN 0719-8884
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