When it comes to the publication of a new project, for the most part we find that the architect behind the design is keen to stress the importance of using locally-sourced materials. This intelligently crafted home in Rio Cedro, Colombia is something of an anomaly then, as the design studio behind the rustic abode specifically selected cultivated Caribbean Pine timber as opposed to the native mangroves that line the construction site.
planb arquitectos explains: “Historically this area has been victim of extensive deforestations, thanks to constant cattle raising activities and the massive extraction of timber trees. This situation has highly affected the mangroves and their vast biological diversity. With this in mind, this house presents itself as an open and modulated structure that, to avoid the use of native woods, is built on cultivated, immunised and certified Caribbean Pine timber, treated with sustainable practices.”
Rather than disrupt the raw landscape with walls and glass window panes, the team has constructed a permeable residence which reacts organically with the natural environment. The area enjoys warm, summery weather for the majority of the year, aside from a single rainy season however considered selection of traditional materials aims to provide a comfortable living existence year-round.
Branches of Palma Amarga (Sabal Mauritiiformis) have been utilised for the roof with stems of the Palmalata plant (Bactris Guineensis) used for the enclosure elements. The roof system is 30cm thick and due to the natural characteristics of the construction materials, is impermeable to the rain and provides constant shade from the strong sunlight. Despite the seemingly exposed architectural design of the ground floor (social area), the more enclosed second floor – which includes the sleeping space – provides an intimate area while still enjoying scenic views of the neighbouring Caribbean Sea.