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Casa V House Has a Green Roof Room With a View
Posted By Andrew Michler On August 10, 2010 @ 10:33 am In Architecture,green roof | 2 Comments
The Casa V House is a smart and functional solution to an often ignored design problem– how to successfully integrate a home into a landscape. When dealing with steep terrain, the typical answer is just to suspend a box in the air, but architects Felipe Mesa (PlanB)  and Giancarlo Mazzanti (Mazzanti Architects)  decided to think differently. They tied the home elegantly to the slope, allowing for a shallow floor plate with plenty of light and a killer view of the pristine valley it overlooks near Bogotá, Columbia. Of course the real eye opener is the fantastic outdoor living space with a green roof  and walk out deck to spend a pleasant afternoon on.
The space has an angular masculine appeal, kind of like a concrete boulder , but the open and spacious roof and native garden in between the two levels soften the space. Although it has proper solar orientation, the space has a lot of unshaded windows which could lead to overheating in spring and fall. Nonetheless, the home looks to be nicely settled, with a carefully placed organic touch. The design is a thoughtful solution to building in difficult terrain , using its design constraints to its advantage and maximizing the living area as a result.
+ Plan B 
Via Noticias Arquitectura 
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 Felipe Mesa (PlanB): http://www.planbarquitectura.com/
 Giancarlo Mazzanti (Mazzanti Architects): http://www.giancarlomazzanti.com/
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