Earth Box

Equipo de Arquitectura

“The sun never knew how great it was until it hit the side of a building”. – Louis Kahn


Dreams + Necessity + Available resources = Project

夢想+ 必要性 + 可用資源 = 專案

Solving the basic equation of materializing dreams through a bounded Budget, we initiated the construction process of our architectural office. The exercise begins with the experimental transformation process of materials, such as earth, Wood and glass, configuring them between two existing trees: a flame tree, that stays outside but framed, and a guavirá tree, that stands in the middle of the space to share our company.

通過有限的預算解決實現夢想的基本方程式,我們啟動了建築辦公室的建設過程。 練習從材料的實驗轉換過程開始,例如泥土、木材和玻璃,將它們配置在兩棵現有的樹之間:一棵留在外面但有框架的火焰樹,以及一棵站在空間中間的番石榴樹 分享我們的公司。

The 30-cm rammed earth walls hold the weight of the roof, resting in only 20 cm of its width, exploiting the structural qualities of this material. All of the furniture and doors are made of recycled wooden forms used in the concrete slab that covers the office. 

30公分的夯土牆承載了屋頂的重量,僅在其寬度的 20公分內休息,充分利用了這種材料的結構特性。 所有的家具和門都是由覆蓋辦公室的混凝土板中使用的回收木模板製成的。

The library detaches from the walls in order for the light to continue its path, suspending books and paintings, studio’s most precious treasures. 


If light builds time, and gravity builds space, the atmosphere of Earthbox is built with the sound of jazz, the smell of incense and the flavor of fresh coffee.



Project Information

Project Name: Earth Box  

Location: Asunción, Paraguay

Architect Office: Equipo de Arquitectura

Lead Architect:Horacio Cherniavsky, Viviana Pozzoli

Completion Year: 2018


Photographer:Leonardo Mendez, Federico Cairoli, Lauro Rocha

Our vision of architecture is very primitive and essential: primitive for its conceptual relationship to the origin of architecture and essential to evade relations with the unnecessary. We work with matter, transform it and arrange it in different ways to create spaces. We treat light as the element that intensifies and shapes space and the materials that create it. We understand order as the generator, starting with the organization of the projects as the beginning of a process. This way, plans and sections maintain a legible logic.

We constantly seek to integrate the existing natural environment with the building. We transform that environment, enhancing the pre-existing that characterizes it, respecting the natural setting we inhabit. Immersed in the paradox of our being-in-the-world, summarized as “destruct to construct”, we understand that the matter we build with comes from previous destructions. This is why we reconsider the use and re-use of certain materials and choose to work with those that gather relevant information for each specific situation. We don’t aim to find a certain language that defines our identity. To the contrary, we are constantly searching for new results as the products of different questions.

We’re attracted to the ethics behind material sincerity, without falling into radicalisms. We try to find that same honesty in the structure of our projects, in a way that the reading of the architectural elements is as clear and straightforward.

We work in the many sides of our profession, seeking to connect and complement every exercise as the construction of our own learning process. Our academic practice is a productive exchange between investigation and production.

Interdisciplinarity is what keeps us motivated and constantly searching. We believe that everything complements in the end. The bigger the input, the richer the output.

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