Local firm Estudio Borrachia completed a breezy holiday home using modular construction techniques and mostly timber materials. Surrounded by a forest in the city’s Parque El Ramnso neighborhood, the single-story Casa de Madera serves as a weekend retreat for four. The home wholeheartedly embraces the landscape with floor-to-ceiling glazing, spacious outdoor terraces, and a roof that will eventually be blanketed in wildflowers and grass.
Built over the course of five months, the 174-square-meter Casa de Madera was constructed from modules that give the structure flexibility and the freedom to be dismantled in as little as a day if needed. The long rectilinear building is elevated off the ground and built entirely from unpainted timber, a material that helps the home blend into its surroundings. Angled wooden slats form a zigzagging roof that shades the outdoor terraces.
“Each design decision taken has to do with the maximum efficiency achieved in spaces, the exacerbation of outdoor life and contact with nature,” said the architects, according to Dezeen. “On the roof level, a green cover is developed where wild plants grow almost without maintenance, creating a new natural space merged with the foliage and tree tops.” All rooms of the house have access to a raised outdoor terrace. The master bedroom, bathroom, and open-plan kitchen, dining area, and living space are lined up in a row to occupy one half of the home, while the children’s bedroom and parking spot are located opposite.
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