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Beautiful Casa en Santa Elena Nestles Smartly Into Hillside

Posted By Andrew Michler On August 24, 2010 @ 5:50 pm In Architecture,Sustainable Building | 1 Comment

Medellín House, Santa Elena house, Antonio Sofan, columbia architecture, roof deck, cork floor, bamboo concrete, low impact vacation home [1]

Spotted at Plataforma Arquitectura [2], this simple and elegant vacation retreat sits in Santa Elena near Arvi Natural Park, Colombia as a complement to the gentle landscape. Architect Antonio Sofan [3] snuggled the 106 square meter home into the hillside and incorporated a large outdoor deck [4] onto the roof, significantly increasing the home’s living space with a minimum of land disturbance. A pink mosaic tile wall on the decked roof beacons visitors to the unique entrance [5], and provocative pixelated window treatments help keep the design light.

Medellín House, Santa Elena house, Antonio Sofan, columbia architecture, roof deck, cork floor, bamboo concrete, low impact vacation home [6]

The home has no cooling or heating system thanks in part to its orientation — windows allow the sun the warm the house during the cooler winter months without baking it in the summer. The recessed home also stays cool as a result of the temperate climate and earth-bermed walls. Reused beams help support the concrete roof. The thin roof was cast in place using bamboo boxes as forms, leaving a unique impression on the ceiling. Up above, the-full length deck overlooks the valley. The interior is finished off with cork flooring [7] throughout.

+ Antonio Sofan [3]

Via Plataforma Arquitectura [2]

Photos by Carlos Tobon


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[1] Image: http://inhabitat.com/wp-content/blogs.dir/1/files/2010/08/hillhome-ed01.jpg

[2] Plataforma Arquitectura: http://www.plataformaarquitectura.cl/2010/08/03/casa-en-santa-elena-antonio-sofan/

[3] Antonio Sofan: http://www.antoniosofan.com/

[4] outdoor deck: http://inhabitat.com/2010/08/10/casa-v-house-has-a-green-roof-room-with-a-view/

[5] entrance: http://inhabitat.com/?attachment_id=153430

[6] Image: http://inhabitat.com/wp-content/blogs.dir/1/files/2010/08/hillhome-ed02.jpg

[7] cork flooring: http://inhabitat.com/?attachment_id=153431

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