House in a Ravine

  • ClientPrivate
  • PlaceIgueste de San Andrés, Santa Cruz de Tenerife
  • CoauthorsFélix Perera Pérez_Architect
A small terrain peers out of a ravine, which is full of banana trees and reaches the sea. The scarce level of occupation after application of the urban parameters, defines a specific volume whose planes break up or fold in order to create apertures towards the ravine and the sea. A system of foldable shutters contributes to a continuously changing appearance of the exterior; the tightness of the closed volume, with the closed shutters aligned with the façade´s plane, is in contrast to the unfolded shutters hanging weightlessly from the façade. In opposition to this play of folding and unfolding on the back façade, the main façade, facing the access pathway, is made of a smooth glass and blind plane. The access to the house is constructed tangentially to the facade, by means of an upper terrace. In the gardens, banana trees are planted, paying reference to the natural occurrence of this species along the entire ravine.
Photomontage

Photomontage

Floor plants: Low level _ Entry Top level

Floor plants: Low level _ Entry Top level

Cross section _ Elevations

Cross section _ Elevations

Working model

Working model