The curving forms, resembling two bodies in motion, were inspired by the occupant who is a ballet dancer.
The casa pR34 is situated on the rooftop of a existing house. The project involved the gutting and rethinking of the existing late 60s house and the independent structure for the owners daughter.
The interlocking shapes, covered in red steel plates, are placed at different levels. The first level contains the kitchen, dining and living area, the second level, a half flight down, the TV room and the master bedroom.
The design incorporates the roof of the existing house, paved with the remains of the chipped lava rocks used for the wall of the house, as a garden terrace. The acrylic skylights become stools, benches and chaise lounges that changes color with an interior lighting system.
A selection of prehispanic organ plants add a lunar feeling to the terrace.
The exterior steel plates, shaped as in a car body shop, are also painted with car paint. The interior of the rolled steel beam structure is covered with chipboard treated with an off-white resin. A fire retardant, thermal and accoustical insulation, is placed between the exterior steel plates and the chipboard.
Facts about casa pR34
140 square meters
Ing. Jorge Cadena
Arq. Fermín Espinosa
(Arq. Ricardo Brito)
Ing. José Ignacio Báez
Ing. Jesús Saldaña
Last updated: December 19, 2013
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