Situated on the outskirts of the town in a densely vegetated area, the site has a gentle slope with views of the surrounding mountains. Architecture in the area is deeply rooted in tradition, and materials found in the landscape greatly influence the way spaces are built. The EC house embraces these cultural features and adapts them to the needs of a family of city dwellers.

The main objective was to place the house with minimum disturbance to the location while allowing the inhabitants to be in constant interaction with the landscape. Our approach was adapting to the natural elements on site, splitting the program into different volumes and placing them around the existing pine trees. Three volumes arranged around a circulation core constitute the main house. Designed with spatial richness in mind, the main floor adjusts to the terrain surface and inner patios provide light and ventilation creating atmospheres with unique characteristics. A terraced courtyard functions as a central plaza linking the front and back of the plot, as well as creating a space for interaction between the main house and the guest rooms. Across the main social areas on the ground floor, a visual axis is respected to facilitate communication between spaces.

Hardwood flooring was used to create a continuous surface that extends the public spaces into outer decks reinforcing the interaction with the surrounding vegetation. A metallic formwork was designed to build the stone walls that enclose the volumes, updating traditional building methods and accelerating the overall construction process.

Our goal was to bring together the timeless with the modern, the local with the universal, the village and the city into a weekend house in the forest.

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Modern home with Exterior, House Building Type, Shed RoofLine, Tile Roof Material, and Stone Siding Material. Photo  of Casa EC
Modern home with Exterior, House Building Type, Tile Roof Material, Stone Siding Material, and Shed RoofLine. Photo 2 of Casa EC
Modern home with Exterior, Stone Siding Material, Shed RoofLine, House Building Type, and Tile Roof Material. Photo 3 of Casa EC
Modern home with Exterior, Tile Roof Material, House Building Type, Shed RoofLine, and Stone Siding Material. Photo 4 of Casa EC
Modern home with Exterior, Stone Siding Material, Shed RoofLine, Tile Roof Material, and House Building Type. Photo 5 of Casa EC
Modern home with Exterior, Shed RoofLine, Tile Roof Material, Stone Siding Material, and House Building Type. Photo 6 of Casa EC
Modern home with Exterior, Stone Siding Material, Tile Roof Material, Shed RoofLine, and House Building Type. Photo 7 of Casa EC
Modern home with Living Room, Track Lighting, Coffee Tables, Medium Hardwood Floor, Wood Burning Fireplace, Sofa, and Chair. Photo 8 of Casa EC
Modern home with Staircase, Metal Railing, and Wood Tread. Photo 9 of Casa EC
Modern home with Living Room, Coffee Tables, Stools, Pendant Lighting, Lamps, and Medium Hardwood Floor. Photo 10 of Casa EC
Modern home with Living Room, Coffee Tables, Sofa, Track Lighting, Wood Burning Fireplace, and Medium Hardwood Floor. Photo 11 of Casa EC
Modern home with Medium Hardwood Floor. Photo 12 of Casa EC
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Ground floor Photo 14 of Casa EC modern home

Ground floor

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First floor

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Site plan

Section / West elevation Photo 17 of Casa EC modern home

Section / West elevation

Credits

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Architect
  • AM30 Taller de Arquitectura [Bernardo Hernandez + Emilia Sartoris]
  • Stephane Arriola Ponsin
Photographer
  • Lorena Darquea
Structure
  • House (Single Residence)
  • Style
  • Modern
  • Year
  • 2017
  • Square Feet
  • 4144