Salvadoran architects Cincopatasalgato designed "La Pischuca," a sophisticated example of asymmetrical design. Metal “skeleton pillars” support the multi-angled top level shade, which protects the interior from the strong Salvadoran sun. To meet the demands of the environmentally-conscious owners, the architects incorporated energy and water efficient features into the large summer home.
Sited high on a hilltop, the home has a series of decks organized around a central patio for entertainment and optimal viewing of the expansive views of San Salvador, the surrounding mountains and the Pacific Ocean. To give the home its functional multi-layered design, the architects worked with local engineers, PCK Ingenieros. The resulting construction scheme saw a four-point structure with the first level foundation built into the hillside and topped with the main living structure.
At the owners’ insistence, a number of green features were incorporated into the design process. Floor to ceiling windows were installed throughout the house in order to take advantage of the natural light and provide cross ventilation. To conserve water, the house is equipped with a waste water treatment system as well as a separate storm water system. Additionally, solar powered lighting is installed throughout the home.
Photographs by Jason Bax