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Experience rooms made of hexagonal units are raised on stilts in a forest of Medellín, Colombia
Colombia Architecture News - Nov 16, 2020 - 13:34 7577 views
Called Contree Experience Room, the 91-square-metre project emerged from the need of creating a sales space for a residential condominium project.
It's site being a priviledge location in the city of Medellín, Colombia, surrounded by forests and with beautiful views over the city.
The project provides opportunity to assemble and disassemble and move the units to any place according to future needs of the project. By using slender metal stilts, the project touches the ground in minimum and reduces its impact to natural environment.
"The requirement was also a space that could be easily disassembled and reused according to the client's changing needings," said the architects.
"In order to achieve this, the project was conceived from the beginning as a modular metal structure, reducing welding at minimum, and with a stilt support system, that allows it to be inserted on different kinds of grounds and topographies."
In order to facilitate the modules assemblage, the architects selected to use an efficient and flexible form: the hexagon, and started placing them on the site according to the space needings and site existing elements, thus, recognizing the wooded environment, highlighting its beauty and achieving a visual mix of trophic and anthropic elements.
Every module or architectural piece was covered by honest materials, wood and metal, looking for a color palette that reflects a balanced mix of the hand of nature and human transforming power.
As the studio highlights, "this proposal is intended to dilute the limits between outside and inside, forcing the user to cross to open spaces in order to access the sequentially arranged interior spaces."
The structure is composed of several typical modules, which allowed to speed up designs, fabrication and assemblage, thanks to standardization of the different pieces.
Also, the architects added that using that kind of structure allowed to get a cleaner and environment-friendly building as being a prefabricated structure and then quickly assembled on site.
From early stages, the studio integrated the BIM methodology into their design process, it was developed in an integrated way between the different design disciplines, architecture, structural, MEP and construction, reducing at minimums clashes and uncoordinated solutions, generating significant savings on time and costs.
All images © Mauricio Carvajal
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