Housing Project Los Mangos / Grupo Culata Jovái
The house is located on the outskirts of Asunción, in a closed neighbourhood within a Country Club in the City of Lambaré. At the time of the assignment, the office had a lot of constructive experience in renovating old buildings with a significant degree of deterioration (rehabilitation and recycling), so the professional challenge of this project was: "To design a house from SCRATCH on an empty lot of 16x50 meters, in an ideal context, safe, with a good orientation, with abundant vegetation and plenty of shade". The owner requested an individual house, which would stand out among the majestic neighbouring houses, not because of the number of square meters, nor for its flamboyance, but because of its design, without incurring exaggerated work expenses. The logic of the design was: designing an element that is positioned as a single object in the landscape, maintaining justifiable and functional measures, as opposed to some of the oversized houses of the area.
Based on the orientation and appropriating the almost archetypal typology of the Jovái Culata (typology of traditional rural housing throughout the littoral region) two closed blocks are facing the intimate areas and service areas, "separated/joined" by a central block, which is a junction space where the social areas are located. Above the central junction space, the roof slab is elevated with 40 cm as a way to capture indirect overhead light from the sides. A large terrace at the height of the treetops covers the entire roof. Shadows are projected on all sides of the house (reinforced concrete pergolas). Source - https://www.archdaily.com/914650/housing-project-los-mangos-grupo-culata-jovai