terrain house

The GG house is located in a in a lush gated community in Santa Cruz de la Sierra, Bolivia. The natural slope of the terrain allows the house to sit on top of the hill and hide the service area below the ground allowing for 3 levels but still maintain the composition of two overlapping buildings that sit just on top of the terrain surrounded by trees and vegetation.
Even though the two concrete levels on the façade generate a fortress appearance from the front, the back of the house is completely open. Transparency was a main focus during the design process and helped Sommet envision the different connections among the spaces. The floor to ceiling windows along the perimeter helps achieve transparency and create a direct connection between interior and exterior. Even though one is located inside the house, it appears as If you were outside because of the proximity with the surrounding nature. The living room, the kitchen, the family room and the gym have sliding doors, which allows the whole house to open up, transforming the entire house into a terrace.
Structurally, the GG House house is very complex, because the slabs are cantilevered on all levels. The reinforced concrete slabs on the eaves allow the house to have a “light” appearance and help hide the beams within the walls. Having slabs, the beams and the walls share the same materiality (concrete) which helped solve the heavy structure without compromising the lightness of the design aesthetic.

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