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Condominium "El Paso," House 60


Girardot, Colombia
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Site Size: 4,703 square feet

Project Size: 69,000 square feet

Program: A couple with two children wanted to build a vacation house in Girardot, Colombia, a popular tourist spot three hours southwest of Bogotá. On the grounds of a former cattle farm, the site had no trees, but offered views of the mountains nearby. The clients hoped to take advantage of the outdoors and the mild tropical climate—but otherwise had few instructions for the architects, who have designed 15 houses in the same neighborhood in the last 15 years.

Solution: The house consists of two rectangular buildings, connected by a bamboo pergola. The buildings, reinforced concrete structures coated in plaster, are one story each. The first, containing living, dining, and kitchen areas, is topped by a rooftop terrace looking out to the mountains; the second has four bedrooms, which can each accommodate a family. In back, four folding screens, made of oxidized steel and oak, open out to a pool to the west.

Calle 109a # 17-38
Bogotá, Colombia
PH: (315) 3348491, (310) 6961577

March 2013
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