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Windowless Caja Oscura Home Opens up Like a Giant Pac-man in Rural Paraguay

Posted By Tafline Laylin On May 28, 2013 @ 5:26 pm In Architecture,carousel showcase,Gallery | No Comments

Javier Corvalán, Camera Obscura, Paraguay homes, Caja Oscura, sustainable design, eco-design, green design, natural ventilation, locally-sourced materials, daylighting, [1]

Located roughly 15km outside of central Asunción, the tiny home has a footprint of just 85 square meters. The base consists of concrete and locally-sourced stone [2], a cantilevering stone staircase leads to the upper story, where the kitchen and living room are located, and a metal box of galvanized steel [3] and thermal insulation encloses the entire volume.

In part the windowless box protects the home from vandals, as the owners are away for long stretches at a time, but it also slashed construction costs on a limited €20,000 budget; mostly, however, it’s a design statement that pays tribute to the owner’s profession. The tipping crown is operated with a manual winch and held in place with rod ties. In addition to promoting natural ventilation [4], the tilt opens the tiny home up to the surrounding landscape, which has been left deliberately wild and free.

+ Javier Corvalán [5]

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[1] Image: http://inhabitat.com/windowless-caja-oscura-home-opens-up-like-a-giant-pac-man-in-rural-paraguay/caja-oscura-by-javier-corvalan-02/

[2] locally-sourced stone: http://inhabitat.com/beautiful-mexican-casa-en-el-bosque-designed-to-adapt-to-the-existing-pine-forest/

[3] galvanized steel: http://inhabitat.com/tag/galvanized-steel/

[4] natural ventilation: http://inhabitat.com/tag/natural-ventilation/

[5] + Javier Corvalán: http://www.laboratoriodearquitectura.com.py

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