B33 House / Alejandro Restrepo Montoya + Central Studio
Text description provided by the architects. On top of a hill, the house is integrated with a landscape made up of cliffs, plains, water and native plants. The images are oriented towards the distant landscape, made up of mountains and the surrounding nature.
It is a group of solid elements arranged on the ground, which supports the upper horizontal elements. This language of contrast—between full and empty, natural and nested, solid and transparent—forms a scale of volume detailed by voids, local usages, and the relationship between vertical and horizontal.
A series of lintels and patios before reaching the house form the first steps of the path. The access space is filtered through shades and open and covered outdoor spaces, moving inwards. Reaching the interior space means going through natural and built transitions that allow one to discover the interior of the house while walking in nature and outdoor spaces. Access to the interior is accompanied by a patio behind the entrance wall. Entering the house means rediscovering the outside through an open floor plan, where social area activities integrate nature and interior space with the landscape that accompanies the architecture of the house.
The first steps inside the house find an open plan where social activities are integrated with the kitchen. In the east and west, private spaces such as services, bedrooms and study consist of walls and volumes that act as support for the house. The covered terrace and waterway extending to the ground are an extension of the indoor social area to the outside.
A staircase located on the access facade and arranged next to the outside garden integrates the first and second levels. In the access space, it is designed with a group family space that in turn separates the children’s rooms from the master bedroom. The succession of voids on the first level forms double heights in the interior space and defines the lightness of the horizontal levels on the walls and the volumes that make up the private spaces.
The bedrooms are located on the second floor, occupying the east and west facades, with landscape images located to the north and south. The bedrooms have exits to the external balconies that form the horizontal levels and which are located on the walls and first level volumes.
The house is a formal contrast between the full and the empty, the lightness and solidity associated with its material importance. The solids, which determine the solidity of the structure, are stone walls covered with chunks of dark and light gray concrete. The lightness of the structure is the metal mezzanine that forms the language and complements the physical contrast with the exterior. Inside, natural wood floors, ceilings and cladding create a warm living space, where household uses are accompanied by natural elements that cover the horizontal and vertical levels of the house. Outside, the local nature is a landscape fusing vegetation, water and visuals with the materials, colors and uses of the house.