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Wall house / FAR frohn&rojas

A very interesting housing project, winner of the 2007 AR Emerging Awards.
Article published by David Basulto, Arch Daily
The house uses a variety of building materials (including fabric)  to achieve low energy consumption. I am particularly taken by the interior layout that has even accommodated the space for the dogs! See what you think...
The following are some extracts from the original article :
Name: Wall House

Location: Lampa, Santiago, Chile

Completion: 2007

Project Team: FAR frohn&rojas - Marc Frohn, Mario Rojas Toledo, Amy Thoner, Pablo Guzman, Isabel Zapata

Structural Planning Wood: Ingewag Limitada, Santiago; Civil Eng. Mario Wagner

Structural Planning Concrete: Ing. Ernesto Villalon, Santiago

HWAC: Central TechnoPlus / Vaillant, building technology; Nelson Quilaqueo, Christian Aguirre

Model Building: Martin Baden, Dorothee Fritzsche, Carlos Ysenburg

Photos: Cristobal Palma
With a limited budget, our office was asked to design a residence for a retired couple in one of the suburban areas that stretch out from the center of Santiago de Chile along the Pan-American Highway. We were immediately curious about the ambiguous nature of the couple’s purchased lot: while technically being part of a suburban subdivision, the development actually projected a highly rural image through its dirt roads, large lots of more than 50,000 square feet, and most importantly its clever use of tall hedges to enclose the lots on their perimeters and provide a high level of privacy. Finding that the hedges, while blocking off any visual connection to the immediate suburban context yet still opening up to views of the distant Andean mountains, could be understood as an outer layer of building skin, they became an intriguing starting point for the project. Using this new understanding of the hedge, we developed the idea of a house based upon a series of separated wall layers which structure the house and progressively fade it out, starting from its solid, innermost core to its soft and delicate encasing.

Layer 4: Soft Skin

Finally, a soft fabric membrane typically used in greenhouse environments acts as an energy screen, filtering out up to 70% of the solar energy hitting the building, and at the same time creates a protective barrier against the mosquitoes and insects prevalent in the area.
Find this article at: arch daily
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