Minimal Architecture Summer House in Forest
Following summer house recently regulate solving the mismatch between the inappropriate subdivision and the possibility of building without losing the environmental quality of the site. This situation described that this summer house is added as an aggravating the proliferation of a type “house in a picturesque place of fantasy,” which is gradually “domesticating” the forest, still owner of a wild powerful presence. Operate at the site, meant then, assume their mismatches as a challenge and see how far, architects can make minimalist architecture design to made a contribution alternative for Natural Environments Survival.
The response was the proposal of a minimal architecture resources for following summer house, both material and formal, not only as aesthetic choice but as an ethical principle of promotion of a more rational use of the various resources available. That summer house architecture should be incorporated into the landscape stripped willing to membership, seeking to integrate existing that reality.
Summer House in Forest take advantage environment offers
Recognizing this particular microclimate was instrumental (along with the available budget and need no maintenance of the house) of the aesthetic-constructive decisions that defined the work. The need to capture the light led to conceive the first work as a “half-covered” and then solve it with large panes of glass from inside it possible views in all directions and from the outside reflect the landscape, the summer house blends in with it. The need to accelerate the timing of execution of the work and avoid subsequent maintenance we decided to build with exposed concrete.
The shadow ruling of this summer house on the other hand allowed us to use this material since it provides sufficient thermal protection from spring through late fall. Preparation for winter was not too important (although of course it was expected) given its status as a holiday home. The insulation on current summer house was resolved with a waterproof concrete compactness and a study of the shape of the envelope so that the rain water drainage will take place very quickly.
Summer House using available resources wisely
The expressive quality of concrete and its resistance and impermeability already mentioned, made superfluous any type of surface finish, achieving a low cost of implementation at the ends without the need for future maintenance. On the other hand the color and texture of concrete made with planks of wood framing resulted from a forceful presence and mimetic at a time, allowing the work to be expressed in harmony with the landscape. It’s short, an envelope of only two materials, concrete and glass-solve integration with the landscape and responds to formal issues, structural, functional, and maintenance finishes.
The same criterion the resolution of outdoor activities was the result of performing the operation on the environment less. To avoid any kind of landscaping not only for the convenience of not keeping it to avoid leaving unnecessary limits expressed in a landscape that are not very built, or areas contrasting with the landscape features of this privileged environment. We like the strong homogeneity of coniferous forest interrupted only once in a while for some acacia and our pampas grasslands are otherwise dominant vegetation in the dunes near the sea.
This summer house is the result of a design process that begins with the construction in 2004 of a summer house in the forest of Mar Azu.