This Sustainable House in Paraguay Blends Contemporary Lifestyle With The Vernacular Construction Techniques | Equipo de Arquitectura

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Conceptualized and designed by Asunción-based firm Equipo de Arquitectura on a compact 190 sqm plot in Paraguay, this home features a perforated brick facade, protruding roof canopy, flexible partitions, and vernacular construction techniques. The architect designed the abode christened- Intermediate House, for a close friend, who desired a space that intermediates the natural with the artificial and the indoor with the outdoor and the public with the private. The firm used rammed earth bricks to design sustainable buildings. SURFACES REPORTER (SR) received detailed info about the amazing project from the firm. Scroll down to read: 

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In the center of a 190 sqm plot, a mango tree intermediates between the two blocks that are physically separated, but are visually connected, achieving a spatial integration from the filter wall at the front to the border wall at the back.

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A constructed space of 115 sqm, which is transformed by filters, doors, and shutters, responds to the existenzminimum under a local, subtropical perspective.

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Perforated Roof Rests on the Furniture

The entire roof of the house rests on the furniture that makes up the perimeter of the property. This double function is applicable to space, where the social and the private are intermingled according to use.

/Intermediate-House-La_casita_de Matt_EA_Federico_CairoliThe functional flexibility of the house is adjusted to the interchangeable condition of the ways of living, where the user of the house becomes the architect of these transformations.

Building With Raw Earth

With local vernacular constructions, the firm understood that the favorite space in a home is the intermediate space, a setting for receiving and sharing.

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Uncooked or raw earth, in the form of manually pressed bricks, is piled up on walls, filters and vaults to build that intermediate space, where natural ventilation crosses and the boundaries between interior and exterior are diluted.

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A Balance Between the Industrial and Craftsmanship

Finding a middle point between industrial and craftsmanship is part of the recognition of the available resources, where the balance between the two produces a technological amalgam that generates alternatives to conventional construction techniques.

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Cutting the compacted earth block in the middle became the constructive strategy of the reinforced vaults that make up the roof. The channels resulting from the cutting of the blocks function as formwork for the reinforcements that receive a fine load of concrete so that they work together.

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These design criteria and their corresponding materialization, which range from the manufacture of the raw material to the design of the furniture mechanism, reflect the attempt to find the synthesis between the project and its construction.

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Project Details

Project Name: Intermediate House
Office: Equipo de Arquitectura
Country: Paraguay
Architects: Horacio Cherniavsky, Viviana Pozzoli, Gabriela Ocampos, Franco Pinazzo, RolphVuyk
Year: 2021
Location: Asunción, Paraguay
Area: 115sqm
Photographer: Federico Cairoli
Landscape: Lucila Garay
Desk, chairs and living set: Saccaro
Blacksmith: Gabriel González
Carpenter: Marcial Careaga
Glass: Orlando Zacarías
Text and Info Courtesy:  Equipo de Arquitectura

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