Petatglass is an interesting project done by REC Arquitectura. Creating a certain level of comfort is the main concern for the project while avoiding the use of conditioning air. It is a good attempt of using the traditional raw material that applied on the wall which is usually used for roof covering, it created a contrast effect and demonstrated the new way of interplay between contemporary and traditional features.
+ Project description by REC Arquitectura
The facade offers a new form of seeing the straw or plalapa, since commonly it is used for the roof in horizontal elements, but in this case we use it for vertical elements offering improvements to the interior comfort, this it is a facade that is combed when being placed.
Cuernavaca and its context have permitted REC to generate an architectural field of incomparable experimentation, where principal elements have tried to work with local identity and present technology. For that, by detecting the urban caos which applies appearance of town and its small urban image’s adaptability to radical changes, we’ve generated a binary space which involves tradition with a creative language.
It’s about a geometric orthogonal building, discreet and respectful toward the environment which used combination in each of creative phases from the conception to the pragmatic construction, and that works very same as a showroom of itself for brave use of traditional constructive system; a reinterpretation of palapa creates the skin of the facade which has the biggest solar exposition and generates an unique visual mimicry accentuating its presence with a new language.
Because of the short time we had to construct the building, the constructive system gave priority to the crystal and the steel, and so this way the result was one effective construction that was resolved by following a simple program.
As showed in this project, sustainable design is a guideline for the office, avoiding the use of conditioning air commonly used in these areas for volumes fitted with glass, saving money for the client with crossed ventilation, structure consistency, sun and currents of air, because intelligent buildings are not conceived by inserting a PC or sophisticated and expensive materials, but employed obvious criterion.
+ Project credits / data
Location: Paseo del Conquistador No. 53, Cuernavaca Morelos, México.
Site area: 41 m2
GFA: 142 m2
Architect: Rec Arquitectura | http://www.recarquitectura.com/
Team members: Jonathan Tapia Bernal, Magdalena Ramos Bazan, Carlos Solorzano, Gerardo Recoder.
Structure: Ivan Recoder.
Engineering: Gustavo Lira Mendoza.
Construction: Víctor Manuel Gómez y Gerardo Recoder.
Plalapa: Pablo Castro Carvajal.
Glass: Ricardo Salgado.