CasaIV is one of the Awarded projects at the Architecture, Construction & Design Awards 2018 hosted by Rethinking The Future. CasaIV designed by MESURA was submitted under Private Residence (Built) and was selected among the 442 Registrations received from across the globe at ACDA 2018. ‘Architecture, Construction & Design Awards 2018′ competition concluded successfully its submissions on the 21st February 2018, with some creative and innovative projects from across the globe under various building categories. Rethinking the Future has been hosting these Awards for more than six years now and has gained great popularity among the architecture and design fraternity. With its panel of esteemed jury members comprising professionals and designers from various expertise, RTF has been delivering quite astonishing projects as Winners of the Awards. Some of the past Winners includes names like Bjarke Ingels Group & Dialog, Perkins Eastman, Page, RTKL, AHR, Aecom, Henning Larsen, CAZA, DLR Group, Behnisch Architekten, UNstudio, HOK, Gensler, HKA, LMN Architects, LAN Architecture, WOW Architects, EYP Inc., Line and Space LLC, IDOM UK Ltd, Sanjay Puri Architects, Christopher Charles Benninger Architects, and BIOME etc.
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Following are the project details:
A new space, sheltered under a vaulted mantle, gives new life to this house located in the countryside around the city of
Matola (Elche) with warm and humid climate and arid and sunny landscape. The work goes beyond responding to the commission to design a large covered outdoor event space, a new room and
a multipurpose room.
Sustainability criteria & dialogue with the environment Understood from the reinterpretation of the building
tradition, a clear, bold strategy is defined by a unitary cover system that breaks the clear hierarchy between interior and exterior spaces and in the atmosphere, light, and comfort each place confers walls using ceramic as a filter, such as user interface (both warm and texture) and organizer of the project spaces. All arises from the response to hot and humid climate of the place and the physical conditions of solar:
1. Volume with North / South orientation: less impact on the south
facade, very suffered by the sun.
3. Solar Control in the openings according to their orientation.
2. shaded outdoor spaces as Mediterranean lifestyle.
3. The cross ventilation (fluids and open interior spaces).
4.La vault as a natural collection of rainwater.
5. The ceramic wall and its inertia.
6. Respect for existing vegetation and use of its natural shade.
7. ventilated floor slab.
Emptiness as a goal
The plan view runs away from the interior-exterior hierarchy and gives similar importance to spaces with a
defined use and areas with a random or indefinite use.A single cover with a tree acting as the building pivot gives
uniqueness to the whole project. Nevertheless, the structural reply is not the same in
the longitudinal perimeter. Though in the northwest side the vaults rest in a natural way, in the southeast side (joined to the former use of the house) the vaults hang evidently from a huge beam that prepares an enormous room for indefinite and therefore flexible use and that opens the possibility to a new life for this ancestral home.