Rural home is fit for its environment

Given the semi-arid rural location, the architect of this home needed to ensure it could withstand the sun and heat
Story by: David Renwick
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The front of the home is certainly quite inviting

Architect: GITC arquitecturaPhotographer: Felipe Diaz ContardoAbout the project: Some design briefs are tougher than others. With this semi-arid home in Santiago, the architect had a laundry list of challenges to address, including:Withstanding regular daytime temperatures of around 25CBuilding on ground that's good for agriculture, but bad for constructionBuilding in an earthquake-prone areaMaking sure the home could support three adults and two childrenThe architect came up with an ideal family home. Starting with the exterior, it's white to reflect sunlight and features ample ventilation to disperse heat during the day. It's also mostly located on one floor – another way to avoid heat.Structurally, the building uses one rigid central floor core constructed out of reinforced concrete. This supports a slab and overhanging cantilever inside the main living area.Inside, the central living area is double height, with ample space for the family. This is a steel structure, with the other 65% of the building using prefabricated insulated panels.|


Oct 25, 2017





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