- Project Name
- House 31, Apan Housing Laboratory
- JC Arquitectura
- Project Types
- Project Scope
- New Construction
- Shared by
- Madeleine D'Angelo
- Project Status
This project is part of the Apan Housing Laboratory, which is featured in the August 2019 issue of ARCHITECT.
FROM THE ARCHITECTS:
This proposal covers living spaces with two roofs, one sheathed in OSB and another in galvanized metal sheeting. Oriented north-south with living spaces at its northern edge, the housing unit protects these spaces from southern sunlight with this second roof, which covers two-thirds of the unit’s nine-square slab. (This extensive roof provides shade sufficient enough to allow for wide-ranging exterior programming.) A 3.2-meter-square reinforced concrete structural grid allows for flexible expansion of living spaces under this roof. Compressed-earth blocks used for structural infill extend from the ground to second floor, concealing a water-storage tank (tinaco).
Notes: The primary elements of this project are its nine-square-gridded structure, the expansive roof it supports, and patio it covers. All growth fills in this structural frame, reducing publicly visible patio space by enclosing additional interior programming. Placing all program in the three rear cells of this structure, initial infill and roof both define a clear front and back; a raised slab separates this object from the landscape it sits within. Limited in enclosed, interior space but abundant in open, exterior space a kind of patio living provides the project a more communal, social character.
Climate: Warm Extremely Dry
Constructed Surface: 110.46 M2
Floor-to-ceiling height: 2.40 M
Roof Type: Flat; Shed
Growth Option(s): Horizontal
Wall Type: Adoblock
Floor Type: Concrete Slab
Structure: Reinforced Concrete Columns/Frame and Slab; Compressed-earth Block
Roofing: Wood Frame and Joist with Metal Sheeting
Project: Apan Housing Laboratory
Architects: JC Arquitectura