House between Trees / - = + x -

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  • Location: Mariano Roque Alonso, Paraguay
  • Architects In Charge: Francisco Tomboly, Sonia Carisimo
  • Area: 993.0 m2
  • Project Year: 2015
  • Photographs: Leonardo Méndez
  • Collaborators: Fernanda Garicoche, Elianne Vidal
  • Structure Calculation: Ingeniero Rodrigo Vera Prous
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Text description provided by the architects. Mariano Roque Alonso city, located next to Asuncion, is part of “Gran Asuncion”, an urban continuity formed by several low-density cities. These cities have been growing along important highways resulting in blocks following their geometry.

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Ground Floor Plan and Longitudinal Section Ground Floor Plan and Longitudinal Section
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The “Vivienda Entre Árboles” is built on a one-hectare terrain with rich vegetation, where an old ranch was located. The project is implanted within an area of dense vegetation, with trees that have developed long trunks in search of light. 

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The aim is that the existing trees be part of the house´s integral spaces, utilizing a concrete structure that allows full and empty, generated in interior and exterior spaces.

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Rooftop Plan and Side Elevation Rooftop Plan and Side Elevation
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Interior spaces change scale according to internal functions in which double heights, bridges, glass volumes containing green life, and hanging floors allow a fluid space, and openings between concrete beams let natural light and ventilation occur.

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Upper Floor Plan and Cross Section Upper Floor Plan and Cross Section
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