Tree House
DUALITY The immediate context (desert) drove the decision of designing an introvert villa. As a result of the extreme weather, it has been chosen to bury the house taking advantage of the generosity of underground temperatures and therefore neutralizing the harsh winter (-20ºC) and summer (+35ºC) weather conditions. On the other hand, realizing the good weather during spring and autumn times, the villa responds to this duality by leaving a part of the construction completely exposed, and therefore completely extrovert. This way, the villa celebrates the duality of an introvert-extrovert house. LIFESTYLE By taking advantage of the apparent duplicity of the required areas, eighty percent of the program has been maintained in a buried “big villa`, which lives around an internal courtyard, in a scheme that promotes family interaction and emphasizes the sense of community. The duplicate program is separated and put into a mass equals to the size of the courtyard, thus creating a private floating “small villa` which gains the views and gives any family member the opportunity of temporal isolation. PUBLIC SPACE By dividing the program (underground and floating), the ground floor is freed allowing it to be used as public space without loosing privacy. LANDSCAPE The main landscape idea is to suggest a forest within a desert environment. This forest is made out of steel columns that act as “camouflage` for the floating villa’s structure, and gives the visitors a consciousness of trespassing a private area. ENVIRONMENTAL STRATEGY The columns also work as part of an integral passive weather condition system in which the air is driven naturally into the house after trespassing the earth which neutralizes its temperature. Finally the air is thrown away through some columns that act as chimneys, reducing the dependence in artificial conditioning systems.


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