The first approach to this nondescript site is to create an imaginary recycling of the disperse, incongruous buildings that populate it and to turn them into a singularity that summarizes them: the shape of an archetypical house, the shape of an indigenous house, which is in turn a mountain.
The site offers outstanding views from the house to the city and vice versa, which makes it intimate and public at the same time, metallic and radiant on the outside, wooden and shaded on the inside. The house becomes a backdrop for the busiest street in the semi-rural town of San Ramon, and proposes a discussion about the blurred boundaries between Culture and Nature by becoming an artificial mountain against a natural one, a seemingly incomplete or eroded mass within a severe geometry that invites the viewers to complete it in their minds. The voids in the mass are physically completed when the inhabitants of the house (one member of 4 different generations of a family) fill them with their presence.
Location: San Ramón, CR
Area: 280 m2
Photography: Osvaldo Quesada, GN Studio