El Retiro, Colombia – Obranegra Arquitectos
Built Area: 320.0 m2
Year Built: 2013
Photographs: Nicolás Mántaras, Isaac Ramírez, Alejandro Ochoa, Carlos Pardo
El Carajo House is a large contemporary home that’s as breath-taking as its surroundings. It was built inside an ecological park and stands near the La Fe dam. It is contained in a paradise of sorts – abundant varieties of flora and fauna with stunning panoramas of what Mother Nature has to offer.
Despite its remote location, El Carajo House offers an extraordinary living experience. The house is welcoming and comfortable. Because it sits enclosed by a natural environment, very minimal artificial lighting, cooling, and heating are needed. The architects have employed passive solutions for such things.
Inside, the arrangement gives off a rustic yet elegant vibe. Carefully chosen furnishings and restrained décor contribute to the overall feel of the house – simple but not bland, high quality but not outlandish.
Notes from the Architect:
The house El Carajo is located on the shores of the La Fe dam, 30 kilometers south-east of Medellín. Its particular values lie in the respectful dialogue it establishes with the environment and in the translation of elements of traditional architecture, to components according to the demands of contemporary life.
The North facade (convex) is composed of thick concrete walls with deep openings that frame the landscape. Of this a black volume stands out, like a hallway, which serves as access and organizes the interior tour of the house. On the south façade, transparent and open to the landscape, an eaves forms a threshold to reduce the tension between interior and exterior.
The house is built with natural materials and touch to the eye, which when in contact with light are able to produce a warm atmosphere and a sense of naturalness in space.
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