ARCHITECTURE EMBRACING NATURE
Forgoing luxurious building materials and decoration, these two houses in the Southern Hemisphere embrace their glorious ecological settings. And who needs manmade finery when the settings feature a lagoon or eyecatching rolling slopes to accompany?
In the Southern Hemisphere, two pieces of eco-architecture – CI336 and MeMo, are both the creations of BAM! Arquitectura. They don’t boast fancy appearance or spectacular views, nor hi-end tech and equipment. Instead, they extend their friendly hands to nature – using natural materials and reducing energy consumption as much as possible. Despite being a huge challenge for the architects, at the end of the day, the results are self-evident.
SIMPLISTIC COLLAGE OF PURITY
CI336 has an all-natural façade, with subdued colours that encourage a sense of closeness to nature. Huge French windows constitute a transparent wall, introducing unparalleled natural light to the indoor space. The interior mood pursues a comfortable, elegant minimalism that doesn’t strive to compete with the natural bounty outside.
The client´s premise was to create a functional house with an efficient and concise character, designed to develop family life where each of its members, kids and adults, have their own defined space.
Large social areas, including the living room, dining room and TV room, were designed one next to the other, opening to the garden, the gallery and up to the lagoon, in order to allow full spatial integration.
The kitchen and dining room are located on the ground floor. The dining room next to the kitchen is linked with the living room. The focal point of the kitchen – a long operating platform ? Suggestion: worktop island is a space for the inhabitants to come together as a family.
Three bedrooms for the kids with their own bathroom, the master bedroom and family room are located on the upper floor.
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在地球另一面的阿根廷，两幢朴实无华的生态建筑—— CI336住宅和MeMo住宅，均由BAM ！建筑设计事务所打造。它们拔地而起，虽没有令人称奇的外立面造型，也没有风光宜人的景观视野，更没有奢华昂贵的建筑材料和先进的智能化设备，但却真正做到了与生态亲密友好互融在一起。使用自然材质、降低耗能与建造成本，这些都是对建筑师设计技巧的一大挑战，而他们却出色完成了命题。
house is achieved by south-oriented closing with a great concrete base, and it dematerializes towards the north-orientation rear, thus solving great view opening of the principal areas to the main lagoon of the neighbourhood where the house is built.
With regards to the materials, the architect used exposed concrete, wood and glass – materials that do not require the application of a finish coat. Therefore, they require low maintenance, and allow for the material aging to form a unique texture and patina over time. From the economic point of view, they reduce material, labour and maintenance costs.
The sustainability of the project is realized through the topography of the setting. Thanks to calculated structural design, more than 90% of indoor light is naturally occurring. Effective ventilation within the central space negates the need for air-conditioning, which eventually reduces energy consumption and promotes environmentalism. 与空间整体风格相呼应。
The MeMo house, which was built on a plot in San Isidro, in the northern part of the province of Buenos Aires, Argentina, was conceived on the premise of a client who is passionate about landscaping and has a strong conviction regarding sustainability and the environment. The premise was to develop a project in a plot between infill buildings while reducing to the maximum extent possible the loss of green spaces due to the construction of the house.
Despite being a plot between buildings, the architect cleverly introduces a light-flooded entrance via a patio. Such a layout generates a playful sense of topography, with a system of green ramps that connect the zero level with the ground floor and the cover, creating a sloping, continuous garden terrace.
In the comfortable living room of MeMo, inhabitants can see the entire view of the garden through the floor-to-ceiling windows.
The green ramp system infuses a unique style to the façade of Memo, a structure that also influences the indoor design. For example, the kitchen wall is directly shaped by the ramps.
The architects approach the path of sustainability by choosing a sustainable lot where the owner can perform most of his or her activities on foot or bicycle. 设计的方向和主要的风格。得益于优秀的结构设计，室内百分之九十的照明都来自自然光源。而交叉通风的空间，不仅使这里成为一个有活力的好地方，还让住宅变得更加舒适宜居。除此之外，良好的通风也减少了空调的使用，降低能耗，达到与生态和谐共处的目的。
绿色坡道连接室外地坪、一层以及屋面，赋予了MeMo住宅独特的外立面造型，而建筑的形态也直接影响着室内的构造，比如厨房一侧的墙面便直接受到坡道的影响。 Furthermore, native vegetation plots in the gardens and cover mean its occupants can be self-sustaining, and even use rainfall to naturally irrigate.
MeMo is a project where the architectural path plays a decisive role. The aim is to provide the viewers with not only a fixed image, but rather a series of images that overlap.
The architects conceive the sustainability of the project as a means, not as a goal. With regards to its energy efficiency, the house has solar panels not only for the supply of electric energy but also to power heating and ventilation. By the efficient use of water through efficient wastewater technology, and by reducing water consumption using rainwater for the irrigation of native vegetation, it also has a very low hydration requirement.
The architects regard the design with a bio-environmental impression, taking special attention to every detail of the project, from the location of the plot, its orientation, the morphology of the volume built with respect to the sun’s path and its impact on the different spaces to make the most of the solar energy, the strategic location of native vegetation and the choice of insulating materials of the architectural envelope.
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Large glass doors and windows ensure adequate lighting
The exterior of the building is made of natural material
A narrow concrete operating table
FROM LEFT居室内外生态环境融为一体Integration of the ecological environment inside and outside the living room;一层的厨房和餐厅
Kitchen and dining area;舒适宽敞的卧室Comfortable and spacious bedroom;有效的废水处理技术Effective wastewater treatment technology