In the search for a different architecture to be seen on the Island of Aruba, this client asks us for something different but without losing the elegance of the straight lines and the noble materials to use.
The orientation of the lot according to the sun and the wind gave us unique guidelines to develop this house with numerous areas that could present a very heavy aspect.
However, complying with the required spaces, the treatment of the facades, lines, materials and the bioclimatic factor allowed us to achieve a design where the fluidity of light and lightness is unique and pleasant.
On a corner lot with a main road that gives a lot of background noise pollution, this family home is a challenge.
It is proposed that the same building will act as an acoustic mattress together with the vegetation of the landscape design, locating the bedrooms spaces away from the acoustic pollution and the open social spaces as filters. Its heights, shapes and spatial quality of each area are unique and with a perfect integration to the environment and bioclimatic response.
In a privileged and unique location, this house was designed for a client of Chinese origin. In a rigid lot and context we take the Yansheng Coin as the generating element of the concept.
The house became its own wall so as not to have a perimeter wall and to be fully exposed to the environment, however its shape, gardens, materials and spatial qualities make this house an open building in perfect dialogue with the city.
Salinas House (Expansion)
In an existing house with a splendid view of the salt flats, the new owner seeks to enjoy them and increase the spaces of the house.
With the private area on the first floor and the social areas integrated into the landscape design, this traditional Florida style home with a clear and simple distribution, as required by the client, shows a perfect balance integrated into the environment.
On a family farm, the client wants a new life connected with nature. On the ground floor an apartment with one bedroom and a small private garden is conceived in a standard layout.
The first floor is the place where a terrace with different spaces embraces the bedrooms, thus becoming a terrace with two bedrooms. As expected, we turned the fifth façade into a social terrace with one of the best views. The game of skins and volumes was used bioclimatic resource due to the orientation of the building.
A new classic residential building in downtown Oranjestad, expanding a family home with historical memory, seeks to revitalize the sector with the beauty of Aruba's own architecture.
The living room, kitchen and dining room on the ground floor have direct contact with the street, while its four bedrooms, living room, play room and open terrace enjoy the view with the height of each level and provide a new, closer and more intimate experience with the downtown.
Construction Area: 412 m² / 4.433 sqft
Location: Oranjestad, Aruba.
Ocean Hill Apartments
With a small but sufficient and comfortable construction area for the client, the design was based on adding the external areas and the interior design.
Applying the bioclimatic architecture, the new image of the house together with the landscape design, terrace and interior design, this house reached a spectacular level.
Papaya 23 House
In a lot with a formidable orientation and location, the fluidity when designing this house was unique.
The clarity of its uses through the volumes joined by a third articulating volume and three garden strips make together a dwelling defined in its lines and spatiality.
On one lot of land there are two one-level apartment buildings. With a third building, the objective is to optimize the use of the lot, increase the density and consolidating a gated community.
Initially there are 6 apartments and with the new expansion a new 2-level building is designed with 8 new apartments for a total of 14 apartments.
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Construction Area: 867 m² / 9.329 sqft
Lot Area: 1.274 m² / 13.708 sqft
Location: Koraalspechtweg, Curaçao.
PGN Vacation House
In a rugged lot but with a formidable view, a very particular Canadian clients like the lot itself, bring us a drawing about their "ideal" vacation home they want to have.
After a successful analysis with our advices and observations, we propose a simple and new "wonderful design", as the clients expressed, that adapts perfectly to their physical needs, principles of vedic architecture and lifestyle governed by their astrological beliefs; in addition to being in perfect communication with the surroundings and culture of the island.
With a main house of 226 m² (2.432 sqft) and a guest house of 77 m² (828 sqft) over a lot of 1.245 m² (13.396 sqft), we were assigned the design of the landscape as well as pool area and roofed parking lot.
During the analysis it was determined that the house itself did not had a proper distribution of space or a minimal response to bioclimatic architecture. Finally all the complex was intervened accomplishing in this way an optimal distribution integrating the internal and external functions, furthermore giving a bioclimatic answer.
With an available area of 782 m² and with a marked tropical style, a two-level building is developed for eight residential apartments. In the investor's eternal quest to achieve the maximum number of units in the lot, we include small necessary green spaces as well as a small social terrace that give the whole a plus.
Model Houses 70 / 90 / 110
As part of our human and social commitment to the city, three model houses have been conceived to be implanted in any urban lot of Curacao. With a minimum area required for the lot, the bioclimatic design seeks to optimize its response to thermal comfort regardless of orientation and location.
The internal spaces were conceived with the minimum requirements necessary to be optimal, functional and comfortable, in addition to having the flexibility to be adapted to any user with some type of disability.
In a land of 2.450 m² (26.362 sqft) with an urban plan of 8 lots, we propose two model house for economically young families but without losing spatial qualities. With options of three and two bedrooms, homes with orthogonal and pure lines are defined with a clear and simple concept that responds to the context, emphasizing climatic variations with the orientation of each unit as constant in our designs.
Bona Vista Village
In a land of 78.266 m² (842.142 sqft) with an existing organic urban plan of 60 lots, we propose a house with a clear and simple concept that responds to the context, making an emphasis on climatic variations with the orientation of each unit.
At downtown Willemstad, where history shows its presence, a 1938 building with six apartments is erected. From the privileged location of this apartment, for its view as a gift of height, where you can see from Queen Juliana Bridge to the Mega Cruise Terminal, the Terrace concept arises.
Costa Sol Residences
In a land located in an area of rapid expansion and residential growth, a 4-level tower is proposed.
Breaking the skyline, it seeks to generate a milestone in the sector and a new scale of reference in the context.
In a lot with 432 m² (4.648 sqft) and trapezoidal shape, a 160 m² house is proposed reinventing the local tradition in the conception of housing. The house is developed around the living room and the kitchen as a meeting place in the interior and, at the same time, in the exterior the pool deck as the welcome to the house.
Project: Residential + Interior Design
Construction Area: 160 m² / 1.722 sqft
Location: Santa Cruz, Aruba
Concept of two strips that are developed along the entire rectangular land, with the "garden strip" being the main protagonist over which the spaces of the "house strip" open up.
Two spaces, full and empty but the same function is clearly the concept. Yin and Yang as a concept for a home. Balance as a meeting point.
Construction Area: 195 m² / 2.098 sqft
Location: Yantian, Shenzhen, China
The Reef Residences
Conceived as a refuge, these 36 homes respond to the climatic elements and the context so that the result is a small oasis within the city.
Project: Residential Complex
Construction Area: 6.182 m² / 66.518 sqft
Location: Punto Fijo, Estado Falcón, Venezuela
Chen Jin House
Housing developed in the style of a european villa on two levels. The client's requirements were clear and very marked.
Construction Area: 351 m² / 3.777 sqft
Location: Changde, Hunan, China
Three houses complex that distributes their areas in two levels, locating the social area in the lower part and the private one on the upper part. The composition in the game of skins and its green areas are a response to the rigidity of the budget and the climatic conditions of the area.
Project: Residential Building
Construction Area: 510 m² / 5.487 sqft
Location: Punto Fijo, Venezuela
Extension and remodeling of an existing house.
It aims to be a "dwelling viewer" as an inevitable answer to the valley that around it.
Construction Area: 385 m² / 4.143 sqft
Location: Timotes, Venezuela
Two level housing with unfavorable orientation. With the main façade oriented to the West and the rear to the East, they act to filter that regulates the incidence of light and winds according to the spaces. These are the elements that define the pieces of each of the facades.
Construction Area: 481/ 5.175ft
Location: Punto Fijo, Venezuela
Residential building of four levels and five apartments type of different areas and characteristics as response of the building and its location to the context and the bioclimatic factor.
Project: Residential Building
Construction Area: 420 m² / 4.519 sqft
Location: Maracaibo, Venezuela
In the heart of Willemstad, in the colorful Otrobanda neighborhood, a residential building with 16 apartments, a social terrace with hydroponic crops and 44 parking spaces is projected.
Its 4 levels, according to the height of the surroundings, breaks with its contemporary façade that integrates an existing bilboard on the site. The historic facades are respected. History is not copied or imitated. The contrast is used as an accent.