by , 07/19/07
filed under: Architecture

Frohn Rojas, Wall House, Tent house, green living, green house

Merging green living, camping, and comfortable suburban residence, Frohn & Rojas’ Wall House in Santiago de Chile is a feat of both aesthetics and engineering. The small-scale home rejects traditional building approaches, providing an interesting take on the wall as a more qualitative and complex element, addressing our relationship with the outdoors, and inspiring social interactions within the home. Not to mention its super-cool and very high-tech “energy screen,” typically used in greenhouse construction, which yields diffused lighting and a regulated interior climate zone.

Frohn Rojas, Wall House, Tent house, green living, green house

“The project breaks down the ‘traditional’ walls of a house into a series of four delaminated layers (concrete cave, stacked shelving, milky shell, soft skin) in between which the different spaces of the house slip. From the inside out the layers build upon one another, both materially and geometrically, blurring the boundary between the interior and the exterior and creating, through the specificity of the different materials used (many of which are not common in architectural applications), a series of qualitatively distinct environments.” -Frohn & Rojas

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  1. sudhir Shah January 16, 2013 at 7:01 am

    Looking out for a Tent Houses of about 400 sqft available in Mumbai-India

  2. LE DIAGON Didier July 8, 2011 at 9:46 am

    Je viens de découvrir cette maison sur une chaine française…c’est une superbe idée et réalisation… pleine de lumière et de rangement.

    Si la météo normande était plus clemente je me laiserai tenter par une maison de ce genre.


  3. jackie June 9, 2008 at 6:04 pm

    I love sculpture translucency layers secrecy openness outside-in architecture, the sky, but…HOW MUCH DOES IT COST, please?

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  5. JoanR July 27, 2007 at 11:26 am

    I love it

    I would love to see some of the construction details such as:
    House-canvas interface – How does it connect?
    Tent material – What is it – specifically? How long is it expected to last? UV protection? Cost?
    What’s the expected wind tolerance?

    I’d like see something like it on a smaller scale.

    Please post more pictures :)

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  7. mommy July 23, 2007 at 12:11 am

    So what if it’s expensive and possibly unlivable? It presents an interesting concept and gives us something starkly pretty to look at.

    They have separated and expressed the multiple purposes of a wall and are suggesting we live between them. It’s like the first time someone suggested a fixed pane of glass for light/view, saving the operable, screened windows for ventilation. The project, above, opens up another world, disguised in questions:

    Can I create a living space between the structure and it’s outer skin?
    Would the microclimate between the masonry and the vapor barrier make a good patio? garden? solar-collector? sex-dungeon?
    How do I manipulate air flow to take advantage of the completely sheltered, concrete bunker’s thermal mass?
    Can I answer all these questions and make it pretty to look at?

    We’re supposedly some of the better minds, but some of us come here to let off some steam and use the reply button to vent. How about some applause for the monstrocity, above, and a discussion of ideas, instead?

    If we only critique, we are only critics. Surely, there’s more to work with, here. As for me, this project is not a work of genius, but it does reexamine a cool concept. As expressed, it wouldn’t work with my brutal winters, but it does lead me to wonder about putting bug screens beyond the wall, proper. I could use the space two seasons a year.

    Something like this could capture my imagination and send me to the drawing board for hours. Is anyone else interested in something besides the picky bitching and tiresome platitude-spouting that have begun to define this blog?

    Purposely ignoring the irony,

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  9. The Revolution Corporation July 22, 2007 at 11:05 am

    this seems to be a box with a tarp over it. but the *idea* is “outside of the box” … & it’s exciting to think about what could be derived from this. envision a tent-house with a delicate structural frame, and a high strength building-integrated-photovoltaic textile skin…

  10. Stephen July 21, 2007 at 5:35 pm

    Yes, It’s New with great view all around the home to view nature at it’s fullest. Which brings the outside into the home and makes the night sky and star’s and the lighting show that mother nature bring us from time to time. For those who can’t enjoy it are happy paying the high energy cost that are making the big companies rule us. And for those who can’t see it for what it brings other’s, then we know they are the one’s who can’t se outside the box or know what vision is even if it bit them on their b_tt. which is a shame. because they are the folks who have comformed and they are the one’s out there who try to crush and tell other’s their dreams or your Idea won’t work. So for all you dreamer with a dream or new solution for a problem. keep dreaming and designing for yourself because you are special. And remember the man who designed the light bulb he found 2000 way’s it did not work, And One way it would work, So never give up OK.
    And for all the dream buster’s out there if you can’t say anything helpful to help a designer or a future dreamer with a vision. then keep it to your self OK…..

  11. Cassandra July 20, 2007 at 7:34 pm

    I love the integration of the “walls” into shelving. The open floor plan is much easier to heat and cool. There is also private spaces and tons of natural light. Overall I love it, I would however try to put some landscaping in.

  12. julie July 20, 2007 at 12:44 pm

    Amazing home – what a wonderful concept, im studying architecture and design right now, and this is really interesting to me. the whole thing is ingenious and inspiring. thank you for sharing that

  13. Elepski July 20, 2007 at 8:43 am

    I like it.. but would not fair well in a area subject to high winds.

  14. Tim July 20, 2007 at 6:27 am

    was that ascetics or aestherics?

    A few plants (plahnts not playnts) would make it look noica and more habitatable.

    but the question has to be asked… was ascetism in certain aspects a design choice? or did the budget not stretch to the details (like re-seeding the law, or putting some outdoor furniture in the green zone?

  15. Noaidi July 20, 2007 at 1:05 am

    aesthetics ? Give me a break ! This is not the direction for the future.

  16. William July 19, 2007 at 8:38 pm

    NEAT .. it sures modernize a normal square house ..

    cool ..

  17. jess July 19, 2007 at 3:15 pm

    i really like this one…

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