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Ako House - Barcelona

The goal of the competition was to design a transportable low budget rural house to rehouse 2500 families affected by the natural catastrophes that occurred in the state of Bolívar, Colombia. The shape of the house is based on a traditional indigenous architecture. The shape and the inclination of the roof protects from the rain and strong sunlight. An opening at the top of the roof allows better air circulation by thermo siphon effect and a natural overhead lighting. In addition, the patterns in the facades reinterpret the designs of the Caribbean crafts, especially those of the "vueltaios" (traditional hat), seeking to make the house a symbol of balance between modernity, ecology and traditions. These patterns are drilled on wood and fibrocement panels. They ensure the ventilation of the interior spaces, preserving the privacy and controlling external light.




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