Colombian Houses: Examples of Floor Plans, Design, and Materials

Colombian Houses: Examples of Floor Plans, Design, and Materials

For much of the world, this past year was spent within the confines of our homes, undoubtedly blurring the lines between our public, professional, and private lives and transforming our living spaces into places of work and productivity. This transformation of spaces and how they are used is nothing new in the world of architecture as countless spaces take on various roles beyond what they were originally designed for--a fact reflected in their layout, design, and the materials used within them.

In this article, we've highlighted a series of Colombian houses that demonstrate just how materials, design, and layout impact a living space. 

Context / Climate

Colombia is a country criss-crossed by mountains, which give it a variety of climates and landscapes. In cities such as Bogotá or Tunja, the weather is generally cool and wet. Meanwhile, Medellín and its neighboring cities in the Aburrá Valley enjoy a warmer climate, though not as warm as the coastal areas.  When building in each of these unique climates, everything from the natural resources, such as wind, vegetation, and shade, to the fixtures, such as pergolas, windows, perforated walls, and ventilation, must work in sync with the climatic conditions in order to create optimum comfort and functionality within the structure.  

Sombra, ventilación y naturaleza en casas

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Casa Abierta/Cerrada / Juan Pablo Aschner. Image © Mateo Pérez

Viviendas según clima de pisos térmicos

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Casa Taller Barrio BCH / Yemail Arquitectura. Image © Alejandro Arango

Design / Function

The individual priorities of each user ultimately determines the layout and design of a home. Whether intergrating the kitchen into the living space or installing a pool in the yard, all of these determine the course of a house's construction. 

Interior Designs

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Quinta Camacho / MLS Arquitectura + Taller Tragaluz. Image © Simón Bosch

Casas con cocina integrada

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Casa Miravalle / Colectivo 720. Image © Luis Tombe, Camilo Giraldo, Mario Camargo

Piscinas en la arquitectura de casas

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Casa Jardín / CONNATURAL. Image © Isaac Ramirez Marin

Materials

Of course, the first thing one notices about a work of architecture is how it looks. In Colombia, one building material stands out thanks to its functionality as well as its aesthetic attributes--brick. Due to the accessibility and the quality of the natural clay from which they're made, bricks are Colombia's go-to building material, a fact that keeps the country's many chircales (handcrafted brick manufacturers) constantly in production; however, this doesn't stop other materials like metal or concrete from finding their place within Colombia's architectural scene. 

Casas rurales de madera

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Casa en Río Cedro / Plan-b arquitectos. Image © Sergio Gomez

Casas con terminaciones de piedra

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Casa en el Lago / De La Carrera Cavanzo. Image © Luis Alberto Mariño

Casas con estructura de metal

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Casa en Villamaría / Angela Alvarez. Image © Angela Alvarez

Casas de hormigón a la vista

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Casa El Carajo / Obranegra Arquitectos. Image © Isaac Ramirez Marin

11 Colombian Houses That Feature Exposed Brick

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Casa Miravalle / Colectivo 720. Image © Luis Tombe, Camilo Giraldo, Mario Camargo

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Cite: Baraya, Santiago. "Colombian Houses: Examples of Floor Plans, Design, and Materials" [Casas en Colombia: Ejemplos de implantación, diseño y materialidad] 29 Jan 2021. ArchDaily. (Trans. Johnson, Maggie) Accessed . <https://www.archdaily.com/955729/colombian-houses-examples-of-floor-plans-design-and-materials> ISSN 0719-8884

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