Mexican architectural firm REC Arquitectura has created the Estar House.
Completed in 2012, this contemporary home features a large L-shaped concrete wall that serves as the primary load-bearing structure, while also providing heating through its thermal inertia capabilities.
Estar House by REC Arquitectura:
“What else should we as architects propose for a “home” beyond a functional, modular design, or with few structural materials exposed, among other things? This project sought to respond responsibly to the family with a passive system that saves more than 85% energy, and above all, an inner life for landscape, with mobile spaces that in the future will be able to readapt their needs.
The house uses an L-shaped concrete wall that beyond working as a load-bearing wall, contains thermal inertia capabilities, storing and dissipating heat when it is needed by way of a heatsink in electronics, as the area where it is located tends to be cool-temperate.
Like the furniture in a house that allows the user to change the space, we design a double-height space between the dining and living room, currently used as a courtyard. This area of the house is ready for the addition of the pool, it will supply a covered space for it and at the same time it will create a new terrace upstairs, limiting heat loss.
Besides architecture, we think it is important to share stories like: the taste for painting the house brought upon one of its inhabitants, or simply the gas supplier’s comment surprised because he thought that as he was not supplying the house with the same frequency as the rest of neighbors, he assumed the house was being supplied by another company, as architects we consider it worthwhile to think of the house more like a home, than as mere architectural descriptions.”
Photos by: Yoshihiro Koitani