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Ask Arup: How to Build on a Site that is "Pretty Much a Pool"

00:00 - 10 January, 2015
Ask Arup: How to Build on a Site that is "Pretty Much a Pool", Eco shelter rendering, Refugio Nasua.. Image © fabrica de ideas (Juan Esteban Correa Elejalde and Julián Felipe Villa)
Eco shelter rendering, Refugio Nasua.. Image © fabrica de ideas (Juan Esteban Correa Elejalde and Julián Felipe Villa)

This article originally appeared on Arup Connect as “Ask Arup: Silty Sand Solutions.”

Architect Juan Esteban Correa Elejalde’s client tasked him with designing an off-the-grid getaway for a rural site near Medellín, Colombia. After completing the initial design concept, Correa Elejalde ordered a soil study of the client’s land.

Unfortunately, the results showed the site to be “pretty much a pool,” he said; the high water table and thick layers of loose soil would provide little capacity to support heavy objects above.

After seeing Arup Connect’s call for engineering-related questions on ArchDaily, he reached out to see if we could offer any insight.

House on lot 23 / Juan Esteban Correa

00:00 - 9 June, 2009
House on lot 23 / Juan Esteban Correa

House on lot 23 / Juan Esteban Correa House on lot 23 / Juan Esteban Correa House on lot 23 / Juan Esteban Correa House on lot 23 / Juan Esteban Correa + 60

  • Architects

    Juan Esteban Correa Elejalde
  • Location

    Colombia
  • Interior design and decoration

    Des. Lina Ruiz Sierra
  • Construction

    Fabrica de Arquitectura- Arch. Julián Felipe Villa, Arch. Felipe Restrepo
  • General contractor

    Leonel Gómez
  • Area

    500.0 m2