Alternative Housing Project for The State of Bolivar, VenezuelaSeptember 1996
The object of this project was to solve both the urban and rural housing problem. Due to the size and geographical variety of this region, we decided to develop the project along the same spatial and physical lines.
The rural model was designed with references to prototypes of the region. These prototypes were of a very efficient design and construction and the task of reinterpreting the basic organisation scheme, which comprised a layout of open galleries, clearly identified two areas that corresponded to the public and the private spaces. The social space opened up in the form of a gallery, with the additional possibility of closing the space. The private space had a larger number of areas and included service areas concentrated in the dividing wall, and bearing weight from the roof. The roof was conceived as two individual roofs that overlapped, leaving a void to let the hot air out at its highest point, as well as lending a different type of hierarchy to the social space. In general terms, the housing was flexible in order to allow different layouts and different uses.
The urban housing model was conceived as a terraced site with an internal courtyard. The sides encompassing the space could be manipulated in order to enlarge the space. The social space was characterised by a front yard enclosed by a wall and the patio. The private area was the fourth side of the patio, built in such as way as to allow it to grow vertically. The roof over the social space was tilted and the private space had flat roofs. The structure of the roof on the second level of the private space had the potential to be a light roof, similar to the one previously mentioned.