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Located in Puerto Escondido, Mexico, one of Oaxaca’s fastest developing touristic destinations, Casa Cova is arranged on a land piece between the Pacific Ocean and the Oaxacan mountain range of 328 ft by 115 ft on the seaside, that sits just 230 ft away from the coast. The project’s program was designed as a vacation home for two families which involved creating two different compounds of private rooms that connect through the common recreational areas.

Casa Cova 位於墨西哥埃斯孔迪多港,是瓦哈卡發展最快的旅遊目的地之一,位於太平洋和瓦哈卡山脈之間的一塊土地上,328 英尺 x 115 英尺,距離海岸僅 230 英尺。 該項目的計劃是為兩個家庭設計的度假屋,其中包括創建兩個不同的私人房間複合體,通過公共休閒區連接起來。

The house consists of two main parts: a large, central common area, and two parallel arms located at the side of the terrain that contain the private suites. The large-scale central volume marks the access to the house, which has two main entrances that pass through a lattice wall, which help to cross-ventilate the common spaces and create a dynamic light pattern from dusk till dawn. This central volume is embodied by a high-ceiling multi-purpose public space that contains a Living Room, a Diner Area, and a Bar. This volume also holds some of the service spaces of the house: a Kitchen, a Laundry Room, and a Machine Room, strategically placed out of the project’s main views. The volume is topped by a 100 ft. long ‘palapa’, a regional cover technique made of dried palm tree leaves, that cools down the tropical temperatures, which in this area average around 850F, down to around 730F by providing shade and room for the heat to exit through the top of the structure.

房子由兩個主要部分組成:一個大型的中央公共區域,以及位於包含私人套房的地形一側的兩個平行空間。 大型的中央建築標誌著通往房屋的入口,房屋有兩個穿過格子牆的主要入口,這有助於對公共空間進行交叉通風,並從黃昏到黎明營造出動態的光模式。 這個中央建築呈現在一個高天花板的多功能公共空間中,其中包含一個客廳、一個用餐區和一個酒吧。 這還包含了房子的一些服務空間:廚房、洗衣房和機房,策略性地放置在案件的主要視野之外。 建築頂部是一個 100 英尺長的“palapa”,這是一種由乾燥的棕櫚樹葉製成的區域覆蓋技術,可以降低熱帶溫度,該區域的平均溫度約為華氏85度,通過提供遮蔭和空間,降至 73度 左右,熱量通過結構頂部排出。

A system of parallel concrete walls encloses the two arms that host the private bedrooms of the house. Each one of these arms houses three pavilions (one master suite, and two kid’s bedrooms), each with their own private bathroom; each master suite has its own framed view of the Pacific horizon. The pavilions are connected by a series of interlocking open courtyards which create the kid bedrooms´ main views and entry points as well as achieve cross-ventilation so there’s an enjoyable sea breeze coming through, lowering the temperatures on the inside. All private rooms and the main central volume share the view and access, right in the center, to a pool designed as a set of alternating planes which contains shaded recreational areas looking out into the ocean.

一個平行的混凝土牆系統包圍了容納房屋私人臥室的兩個長走道。 這些裝備中的每一個都有三個涼亭(一間主人套房和兩間兒童臥室),每個涼亭都有自己的私人浴室; 每個主人套房都有自己的太平洋地平線景觀。 展館由一內上鎖的開放式庭院相連,創造了兒童臥室的主要景觀和入口,並實現了對流通風,因此有令人愉快的海風吹過,降低了室內溫度。 所有的私人房間和主要的中央建築體共享景觀和通道,就在中心,游泳池設計為一組交替的平面,其中包含俯瞰大海的陰涼休閒區。

The architectural design of Casa Cova seeks to lead and frame the views from various angles, starting from the main central volume along with the two main arms of the building into the horizon of the views and sunsets in the Pacific Ocean.

Casa Cova 的建築設計力求從不同的角度引導和構築景觀,從主要的中央結構以及建築的兩個主要平行區開始,一直到太平洋景觀和日落的地平線。

The house was designed to work with its natural context, using locally sourced dried palm tree leaves on walls and ceilings, Parota wood for the carpentry and a breath of green thanks to the regional low-maintenance vegetation chosen for the landscaping, to create a close bond with the shades and nature of the place, as they help keep the maintenance low cost and dignify the ageing process of the building. The reliant use of concrete on the structure and finishes responds to local needs as well; the constant intensity of the sun and the salinity of the place demand a material that ages finely without the need of much (if any) maintenance. The building is also strategically lifted 5 ft from the ground, in order to avoid floods by the well- known “mar de fondo” that usually affects this area of Puerto Escondido’s coast.

這座房子的設計是為了與它的自然環境相結合,在牆壁和天花板上使用當地採購的干棕櫚樹葉,木工用帕羅塔木材,由於為景觀美化而選擇的區域低維護植被,營造出一種綠色的氣息。 與地方的陰影和自然相結合,因為它們有助於保持較低的維護成本,並有利於建築物的老化過程。 在結構和飾面上依賴混凝土的使用也滿足了當地的需求; 恆定的太陽強度和該地方的鹽度要求材料可以很好地老化,而無需太多(如果有的話)維護。 該建築還被策略性地抬離地面 5 英尺,以避免由著名的“mar de fondo”引發的洪水,這種洪水通常會影響埃斯孔迪多港海岸的這一地區。

The main rooms, interlocking planes and high ceilings of ‘Casa Cova’ seek to remind us of the alternating heights of the massive chambers of the Mitla archeological ruins, juxtaposed with the smaller private passages commonly found on pre-colonial regional architecture.

“Casa Cova”的主要房間、由內鎖上的平面和高高的天花板試圖提醒我們米特拉考古遺址巨大房間的交替高度,與前殖民時期區域建築中常見的較小的私人通道並列。