San Isidro Residence / Valls Arquitectos

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  • Architects: Valls Arquitectos
  • Location: Guatemala City, Guatemala
  • Author Architect: Pedro Valls
  • Engineers: Sigfrido Arrivillaga
  • Hydrosanitary Design: Gustavo Ortiz
  • Interior Design: Juan Carlos Riso
  • Landscape: Carmen Pokorny
  • Area: 996.0 m2
  • Project Year: 2012
  • Photographs: Leonardo Izaguirre
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Text description provided by the architects. The residence, located in Guatemala City, overlooks San Isidro’s golf field. It has a contemporary and innovative design intended to be modern and timeless at the same time. Surrounded by vegetation in a peaceful and natural environment, we took advantage of its scenery and integrated the gardens and the natural views to be part of the interior spaces; which resulted in a blending between the interior and the exterior space.

Diagram Diagram

Due to the strong slope of the site, the spaces are arranged in three different floor plans, creating an entrance to the underground garage, while leaving the main spaces in

Floor Plan
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© Leonardo Izaguirre
© Leonardo Izaguirre
higher point of the site to take advantage of the surrounding views. In the first floor plan there are the service spaces, the public and private spaces. These spaces are interconnected by two perpendicular corridors as the main axes of the design, which arrange and divide the spaces in four: two public and two private spaces.

Floor Plan Floor Plan
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Section Section
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The final form is a result of the interlace of extended concrete planes, which combined with regional wood and stones cladding from Guatemala, create contrast between the materials and enhancement between the volumes. The extensive use of tempered glass as a transparent element aids to the better integration of the interior with the exterior.

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The interior spaces, finished with natural textures, invites to relaxation and creates a cozy and serene atmosphere. Furthermore, the four natural elements of fire, water, air and earth are integrated to the entire design in the form of chimneys, water mirrors, natural ventilation in all the spaces and the use of local natural materials.

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