Gallery: Casa Gavion Uses a Breathing Gabion Wall To Keep Cool in Baja,...

 
Collectivo Mx designed and built this fascinating geometric home in Baja Mexico, where the sun shines almost every day of the year. Inspired by the architecture of Luis Barragán who believes in "emotional architecture", Collectivo Mx wanted to evoke his style through the use of sensuous aesthetics, vivid colors, and attention to spaces and light - all while accentuating the building’s natural surroundings. With summer temps lasting almost all-year-long, a big concern was keeping the house cool without the use of air conditioning - so the architects employed gabion baskets to create a "breathing" wall that shields the home from the sun while allowing breezes in through the gaps. In addition to the use of regional materials and local labor, Casa Gavion also makes use of high-performance insulation, solar power, and grey water recycling.

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  1. r_krebs March 30, 2012 at 6:34 pm

    Bridgette Meinhold, what an interesting and beautiful home! We want to know what “thick” insulation was used on the roof, probably a rigid plastic foam? I notice that they have inclulded insulation as one of the main features used to help keep the home cool. Wish you explained how the gambion wall was treated to prevent even occasional rain from seeping into the building. Is there difficulty with moisture remaining inside the wall over time? Only real Life Cycle Assessment (see http://www.greenbuildingsolutions.org/Main-Menu/Life-Cycle-Assessment/default.aspx ) will tell if the building performs more energy efficiently than similar structures.

    Rob Krebs
    American Chemistry Council

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