The Intermediate House - Paraguay

Category Winner Feeling at home

Brick Award 24 Nominee Intermediate House, Category Feeling at home, Architect: Equipo de Arquitectura
© Federico Cairoli
Brick Award 24 Nominee Intermediate House, Category Feeling at home, Architect: Equipo de Arquitectura
© Federico Cairoli

Key facts

The Intermediate House - Paraguay

Architects  Equipo de Arquitectura, Asunción

Location   Asunción, Paraguay

Construction period   2020-2021

Nomination category   Feeling at home

Purpose  Single-family housing

Brick type  Compressed earth blocks

 

About the project

From the Art of the Intermediate

In many ways, the intermediate is this house’s leitmotif, creating an attractive range of different solutions and moods despite a rigid, additive structure.

The elongated building itself is already an “in-be- tween.” The lot is narrow and a neighbor pushes up close to the property boundary from behind. The architects responded with high exposed brick walls along the long sides of the structure. At the same time, they take on the function of the outer walls, which means that there are no window openings, but instead – on the inside of the walls – storage space in the form of wall boxes. What sounds like a problem is actually part of the concept and a key element in the play of light and shadow, in the zoning of communal and private areas and in the low-tech approach to climatic conditions. On the street side, the house is set back slightly; another brick wall, designed as a light- and air-permeable filter layer, stands further back. This establishes a transition area that manifests itself inside as a “reception space.” What follows is a courtyard with a mango tree around which the house was designed. It constitutes a transition once again and the large stone slabs on the floor also help one consciously move from one world to the other. At the end come the private zones: the kitchen, the dining and living area, as well as the bedroom. A hidden garden lies at the end of the enfilade – it couldn’t be more intimate.

Simple materials, climate-friendly construction and the combination of various zones make the house an exemplary gem – and more than an interim solution.

 

Brick Award 24 Nominee Intermediate House, Category Feeling at home, Architect: Equipo de Arquitectura

 

"The House dialogues with nature and climate, not only in the spatial strategy, but with low carbon footprint materials."

Brick Award 24 Winners

© Nick Kane
International Rugby Experience - Ireland

BA24 Grand Prize Winner and Category Winner Sharing public spaces

 

"We appreciate the links this house creates - between inside and outside, light and penumbra,artificial and natural."