La Cima Residential by Ricardo De Castro

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DESIGN DETAILS
DESIGN NAME:
La Cima

PRIMARY FUNCTION:
Residential

INSPIRATION:
La Cima is inspired by the unique and characteristic natural habitat of the Colombian Sierra Nevada, seeks to integrate into the environment and intervene in the terrain as little as possible. The purpose of the design is to explore the architectural relationship between the interior and the exterior, blur the boundaries between the constructed and the natural and ensure a friendly and sustainable construction with the environment. Materials of natural origin are combined with a landscaping design with characteristic species of the area.

UNIQUE PROPERTIES / PROJECT DESCRIPTION:
La Cima is a 340 m2 house, located in the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta, Colombia. It was conceived as a space in total harmony with the natural environment by integrating it with the topography of the mountain. Three basic concepts are reflected in its design: sustainability, airtightness and self-sufficiency. The project is created from bioclimatic architecture premises: characteristic climate of the area and sunlight, to determine its orientation. Natural phenomena such as the greenhouse effect and the Venturi effect were used.

OPERATION / FLOW / INTERACTION:
The construction is oriented to the west with a direct view of the city of Santa Marta. The main access is in the southeast direction, entering the social area that integrates the kitchen, dining room and living room areas. Thanks to the glass facade, the user can see the mountains of the sierra in an eastwest direction and the city and the sea in a northwest direction. The natural slope of the land is used to the north to generate a double height area from where the user can enjoy a view of the landscape. To access the second level, a metallic helical staircase is generated that leads to the three rooms

PROJECT DURATION AND LOCATION:
Design Date: The design phase of the project began in January 2021 and construction began in June 2021. Location: It is located in the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta, Colombia

FITS BEST INTO CATEGORY:
Architecture, Building and Structure Design

PRODUCTION / REALIZATION TECHNOLOGY:
The materials selected for the project are mostly local and low maintenance, such as the natural stone used in the facade and driveways, as well as the teak wood used in interior cladding. For the structural system, pvc and architectural concrete are selected, which are environmentally conscious materials; they comply with sustainable manufacturing processes, they are recyclable and with minimal environmental footprint indexes. To ensure the energy efficiency of the house, solar panels are placed on the roof

SPECIFICATIONS / TECHNICAL PROPERTIES:
La Cima is a 340m2 house, located on a 27 hectare lot at 1,475 meters above sea level. With a total height of 7.4 meters, it was conceived on two levels: the first level with a builtin area of 181 m2, housing the social areas (living room, dining room, kitchen) and service areas; and the second level with a built area of 138 m2 houses the intimate areas of rooms and bathrooms. The 360 m2 outdoor area in terraces, swimming pool, parking lots and gardens.

TAGS:
Cima, Sustainability, Sierra Nevada, Colombia

RESEARCH ABSTRACT:
The design team investigated the environmental and construction variables of the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta, focusing attention on bioclimatic and sustainable strategies applicable to housing design. The passive design principles corresponding to natural ventilation and solar control were studied. This research resulted in the generation of a solar chimney through roof skylights and a photovoltaic energy panel system.

CHALLENGE:
The main challenge of the design was to generate a sustainable home with low environmental impact, where the environment was an envelope of the space and where in direct view of the sea and the mountains of the sierra. Facades were conceived with large glass windows. This solution is one of the determining architectural elements, because in addition to allowing a direct view of the environment, it allows the entry of controlled natural light and the regulation of the temperature of the interior spaces thanks to the greenhouse effect; thus minimizing energy consumption and ensuring the sustainable operation of the home.

ADDED DATE:
2021-06-28 19:07:31

TEAM MEMBERS (1) :
Ricardo De Castro

IMAGE CREDITS:
Ricardo De Castro

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CLIENT/STUDIO/BRAND DETAILS
NAME:
Ricardo De Castro. Architect, Designer and Builder.

PROFILE:
Ricardo De Castro was born in 1978 in Barranquilla, Colombia. He Graduated from the University of Catalunya, in Barcelona, Spain. Ricardo started his career in Milan at Lissoni Associati, the world-class, award-winning design studio of the recognized architect, Piero Lissoni. After acquiring a vast experience in the luxury design field, Ricardo De Castro moved to the United States. Then, he associated with Luminaire gaining skills in the business related area of design. Subsequently, he founded his label named Ricardo De Castro Architecture & Design. Ricardo positioned his company as a leading creative force. His expertise allowed him to achieve projects in different countries and contexts as he executed luxury designs for exclusive customers. Progressively, he has gained recognition by the high standard craft of materials and tailor-made designs that interpreted each client’s individual lifestyle. Ricardo’s creations are found worldwide in countries like France, The United States, Panama, Ecuador, and Colombia.

NOMINATION DETAILS

La Cima Residential by Ricardo De Castro is a Nominee in Architecture, Building and Structure Design Category.

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AWARD DETAILS

La Cima Residential by Ricardo De Castro is Winner in Architecture, Building and Structure Design Category, 2021 - 2022.



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