Architecture: Solis

Apr 11, 2011
  • Article by Online Editor
  • Photography by Mads Mogensen
  • Designer
  • Architect Renato DEttorre Architects

The design objective for this project was to create evocative spaces which satisfy the human need for textural and tactile experience. The residence is sculpted from concrete, stone, block work and glass resulting in a sequence of dramatic volumes incorporating airy living spaces and private sheltered outdoor zones.

Terraces are fluid extensions of internal spaces capturing cooling breezes and allowing cross ventilation. Eliminating superfluous detail and relating the house to the natural surroundings imbues the spaces with a sense of well-being and purity that is invigorating for the body and stimulating for the mind.

The interiors are sheltered and the house opens up to allow abundant air into the interior: swimming pools, reflection ponds and strategically positioned trickling waterfalls soothe both indoors and outdoors.

The house is also built to withstand the destructive forces of tropical cyclones. The sub-tropical climate, with its extreme weather, limits material lifespan. The client had also asked for low maintenance materials – so concrete therefore became the primary material. Concrete’s resilience, thermal properties, textural quality and hue conforms to its natural surroundings. The ready-made finish eliminates the need for render or paint, as well as lending the project an instant patina. Finishes such as polished concrete, unfilled honed travertine tiles and textured internal renders were selected for their durability and tactile qualities; the irresistible urge is to experience the house bare-feet whilst enjoying the touch of the smooth, cool stone.

*Team* Architect: Renato D’Ettorre, Assistant Architect: Thomas Wagner, Interior Designer: Belinda Brown

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