RD House / VASHO
Dominican Republic Projects ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/475342/rd-house-vasho Clipboard “COPY” Houses ArchDaily RD House / VASHOSave this projectSaveRD House / VASHO RD House / VASHO “COPY” 2013 Architects: VASHO Year Completion year of this architecture project CopyHouses•Dominican Republic ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/475342/rd-house-vasho Clipboard Photographs Save this picture!© Eduardo Abreu+ 28 Share Photographs: Eduardo AbreuMunicipal Permission Drawings:Alwyn DiasConstruction Drawings:Alexi Moraga H.Structural Engineering:Calculista Joaquín AlmansarLighting:Alexi Moraga H.Irrigation And Green Roof Design:Alexi Moraga H.Electrical Design:Ing. José De CastroAutomation Design:Domotics Dominicana Srl.Sanitary Design:Alwyn DíazExecution Coordinator:Alexi Moraga H.Personal Management:Maestro Valentín BuenoElectrical & Services Execution:Técnico Luis Tiburcio y CIA.Furniture & Cabinet Execution:Mario MaderasArchitect In Charge:Alexi Moraga H.Country:Dominican RepublicMore SpecsLess SpecsSave this picture!© Eduardo AbreuRecommended ProductsDoorsLonghiDoor – HeadlineWoodGustafsWood Veneered Wall & Ceiling PanelsWoodAccoyaAccoya® Cladding, Siding & FacadesWoodParklex International S.L.Wood cladding – FacadeText description provided by the architects. The programmatic challenge: design a house that allows 18 people to fit comfortably within 500mt2 (including terraces). Open spaces, characteristic of the local architecture. All of the bedrooms have their own bathroom, study and/or library and living room-dining room-kitchen all in one space. The house will be a second home to use intermittently in the summer.Save this picture!© Eduardo AbreuThe architect recognizes that one of the greates challenges will be the difficult access and limited horizontal surface of the property, most of it having a slope of 45 to 70 degrees. That is why an extremely precise survey was made to be able to work from the foundations to the roof gardens. The natural level curve of the face of the hill influenced not only the structural reinforcement of the job but also the programmatic distribution of spaces. This can be seen, for example, in the continuity of the natural surface of the hill in the living room of the house.Save this picture!© Eduardo AbreuBurying the house is proposed as a visual action. Hiding the overall volume of the work to the existing natural geography to cushion the impact of the volume to the eye upon arrival, being conscientious of the paradisaic surroundings, but always seeking to make the natural surroundings appear from the interior before the user: “Disappear to make appear”.Save this picture!© Eduardo AbreuA large percentage of what materials of the “Habitable Refuge” is rock extracted from the excavation of the property. Its visible concrete walls were molded in pine formers which, along with the high quality native wood, delivers a rustic environment which cushions the contrast of texture-color with its surroundings without abandoning the “modern” look.Save this picture!© Eduardo AbreuThe act of burying the house in the hill not only touches the esthetic aspect but also the sustainable aspect. The green roof allows for more insulation as far as direct heat from the sun is concerned. Its rear face is in contact with the rock of the hill creating a cooling phenomenon known as “thermal inertia” that consists of a basic physical action; “The temperature of a body of lesser volume equals that of a greater volume when these two bodies are in contact.” To make this possible without the constructive damages that may arise, highly engineered waterproofing methods were used. In other word the refuge does not need a mechanical cooling system. It is a contention wall in itself.Save this picture!© Eduardo AbreuFrom the general understanding that where there is good administration there is energy efficiency; in other words the consumed load decreases, is that we have incorporated Domotics to the design, with the purpose to touch an ecological approach with the house. Domotic is an intelligent system that basically integrates a structured web which allows control of the lighting scene, entertainment components (sound, temperature regulation of the Jacuzzi from another location) and security (solenoid valves, camaras, alarm system, etc.) from anywhere within the home or out of the home, generating comfort and energy saving.Save this picture!Floor PlanProject gallerySee allShow lessWhat the Guggenheim Should Consider Before Building in HelsinkiArticlesREX Unveils Details of Five Manhattan West DevelopmentArchitecture News Share Year: CopyAbout this officeVASHOOfficeFollowProductConcrete#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsResidential ArchitectureHousesJarabacoaDominican RepublicPublished on February 11, 2014Cite: “RD House / VASHO” [Casa RD / VASHO] 11 Feb 2014. ArchDaily. Accessed 11 Jun 2021.