Condina House
© Yeferson Bernal

Condina House 

Vélez Valencia Arquitectos

AREA
360 M²

YEAR
2021

PHOTOGRAPHS
Yeferson Bernal

LEAD ARCHITECTS
Jaime Vélez, Oscar Valencia

MANUFACTURERS
Areas Y Diseños, Corona, Gramar, Multiaceros

ENGINEERING
Guillermo Ramírez Cattaneo

DESIGN TEAM
Claudia González, Cristian Cortez, Joan Muñoz, Cesar Vélez, Yeferson Bernal, Luisa Montoya

CATEGORY
Houses

ADMINISTRATION AND COORDINATION
Claudia González

TECHNICAL DEVELOPMENT
Cristian Cortez, Yeferson Bernal, Joan Muñoz, Cesar Vélez

LOCATION
Pereira, Colombia

It is in the heart of the coffee region of Colombia, more specifically in the outskirts of the city of Pereira. The site is adjacent to the Nature Preserve Barbas Bremen, the beauty of the views of the Andes Mountains and the park’s flora and fauna inspired the design and encourage the architects to take the fullest advantage of them.

Condina House
© Yeferson Bernal
Condina House
© Yeferson Bernal

The firm’s response to these challenges was to create a house as transparent as possible on the park side while maintaining a sense of privacy over the access. The planning of the house was to create a modern version of the traditional Spanish courtyard and allow the spaces to surround it, and provide visual connectivity between social spaces and private areas.

Located about 1,700 meters above the sea level the climate is quite mild w temperatures as high as 23 degrees Celsius in the day and as low as 14 degrees in the evening, the fireplace became key to the design of the living/dining areas and acts as the gathering point during social evening activities.

Condina House
© Yeferson Bernal
Condina House
© Yeferson Bernal

The material palette is minimalist.It uses a combination of traditional Colombian brick, the travertine flooring used throughout all the spaces of the house, and a Stainless-Steel Shingles Facades.

The metal façade and its mirror-like effect reflect not only the greenery of the adjacent forest but the vibrancy of the orange sunsets of the tropical climate, making the house feel quite distinct at different times of the day.

Condina House
© Yeferson Bernal
Condina House
© Yeferson Bernal
Condina House
© Yeferson Bernal

Sustainability was from the onset very important to the Architects. The house harvests rainwater to be used for the toilets and garden as well as the introduction of solar panels with a battery pack to function as an electrical backup system.

The north-south orientation of the house helps to minimize heat gain during the early afternoon hours while allowing natural cross ventilation. Neither mechanical heating systems nor air conditioning devices were included in the house, maximizing therefore the climate of the region.

Condina House
© Yeferson Bernal
Condina House
© Yeferson Bernal


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Planta baja
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Elevation - North
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Elevation - South
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Elevation - West
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Elevation - East


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Sección A
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Sección B
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Sección C
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Sección D