Project: Bosque’s house
Architect: A20 Arquitectos
Location: Jarabacoa, Dominican Republic
Area: 7,965 sf
Photo by: Luis Sabater, Francisco Manosalvas
Bosque House by A20 Arquitectos
A20 Arquitectos completed the Bosque House on a beautiful plot of land in the city of Jarabacoa in the Republic of Domincan. With nearly 8,000 square feet of living space, this modern home is intended to create a comfortable and warm living space for the owner’s family. This is an escape from busy life that is intended to provide a relaxing experience at any time.
The house is a spatial manifestation of family comfort and warmth. A home must provide day-to-day escape and bring residents into a state of mind that no other room in the world can do. From conception, Casa Del Bosque is intended to be a home for families to retreat day by day and join the natural landscape that surrounds the site.
The building is inside the topography of the site, attaching itself to the beauty of the natural scenery that surrounds it. In the concept, a series of large masses made of natural stone form a framework that holds houses high. Worldly masses hold wooden extensions that make up the rest of the house. Material materiality provides a very natural and organic aesthetic home. To create a series of spaces and experiences that make a home a home, we begin by looking at the various sequences of space experienced by residents and guests as they inhabit the house. From the various sequences we studied, the three that were most important to us were the host, residents, and approach to the house through location. By using precedents and other images, we can create visual narratives about what each order will feel like. This study gives us insight into the quality of light and various architectural languages that will help develop similar conditions at home. Implementing what we learn during this exercise will result in the creation of more evocative spaces throughout the home.
This house is located on the southern slope of the main hill on the site. By moving the house slightly from the top of the hill a little, the houses begin to feel more an intimate part of the natural scenery and less of an unwanted shape on the hill. This step is also beneficial in the layout of the house and reduces the number of excavations needed. The home approach is an important aspect of site design. To approach the house, one must enter the site on the north bank driving along the hill that surrounds the summit. This slightly rotating route allows it to be buried into the landscape of the site and a little hint of this place to be a place of retreat from everyday. During this approach along the driveway, the house will announce its presence with strong vertical movements of natural stone to signify the entrance to the house and balance the composition. The main level of the house is inserted on the north side through the entrance stairs and then through the porch which brings nature into the house. The kitchen, living room and dining room are all connected to create a large space for entertaining. The bedrooms are arranged so as to maximize privacy while embracing the view into the landscape.