Casa Corallo in Guatemala City. The luxurious home, which was designed by Paz Arquitectura, was built into a lush hillside in Guatemala City’s Santa Rosalía area. The house isn’t just surrounded by trees; it actually has mature trees growing right through the living room. Working with a site that was full of dozens of big trees, the design team and builders chose to integrate the modern home into the existing landscape, laying the foundation around the growth.
“The design process began with the aim to preserve the existing trees, in order to have the trees interact with the living space, The floor plan is free of columns and the changes in level adapt to the existing topography.” – architect Alejandro Paz of Paz Arquitectura
Located on a hillside forest area in Guatemala City, the Corallo house integrates the surrounding nature into its layout respecting it and using nature as an architectural intervention. The project preserved the existing trees and the result is a beautiful layout that merges nature and architecture in a modern and inspiring way.
The exterior is comprised of three levels and is made of exposed concrete slabs and rustic wood. With the designers determined that the house must complement its environment rather than compete with it, the owner’s closest neighbours are the surrounding trees, with glass used all throughout the home. Outside elements are further used inside the house with a sizable wooden tree trunk growing up through the living room floor, its branches stretching out into other areas of the home.
The interior is equally as impressive as the exterior, as you enter through an oversized, reclaimed wooden door to rooms filled with textured stone, glass shelving, dark wooden floors and the pièce de résistance; a large custom built fireplace.
The exposed concrete structure dominates the housing finish, textured wooden plank formwork. Wood, stone, and glass, are other materials that have been used for its construction, which together resulted in a volumetric simple but elegant and warm details. Casa Corallo has also been built in part of the forest leaving but literally, because in its main spaces can touch the leaves and branches of some trees that were not cut. Although it is best shown when you look at the photographs and drawings, because the more you look, the more like this project.
Access is the top floor via a bridge leading to the lobby (here we see the first tree bran), down a few steps is the lounge (with fireplace), fully transparent and linked to the dining room and kitchen. The roofs also reveal different levels, creating rich spaces illuminated by daylight from some skylights. Among the different bedrooms, two are configured as suites, a third seems to be the domestic service, but the lower level is organized exclusively the master bedroom, including an interesting spa area.
Located on a dense hillside forest in the Santa Rosalía area of Guatemala City, Corallo House integrates the existing forest into the layout of the house. It merges nature into the architectural intervention. The design process began with the aim to preserve the existing trees, in order to have the trees interact with the living space.
The floor plan is free of columns and the changes in level adapt to the existing topography. Both façades are mostly glass in order to connect the interior to the exterior. The main structural component is exposed concrete, which shows the rustic texture of the wood formwork, allowing a dialogue between the formal element and the textures of the forest.
Project name: Casa Corallo
Location: Santa Rosalía, Guatemala City, Republic of Guatemala
- Type By Characteristic: Contemporary House, Luxury House
- Type By Site: Forest House
- Type By Size: Large House – (more than 650 sqm)
- Type By Materials: Concrete House
Materials: Reinforced concrete, masonry, laminate glass, tempered glass, treated wood, manchiche wood and steel structure
Floor count: 3
Site area: 1876.18 sqm
Built Area: 747.50 sqm
Project Year: 2008
Construction Year: 2009-2011
Completion Year: 2011
Client / Owner / Developer: Private
Architects: Paz Arquitectura – 23 ave 7-28 zona 15, Vista Hermosa I, Guatemala City, Guatemala
Design Architect: Alejandro Paz
Collaborators: Axel Mendoza, Gabriel Rodriguez, Alex Titus, Mario Roberto Paz, Claudia Pezarozzi, Wolfgang Schoenbeck
Landscape Design: Pokorny y Valencia, Arquitectura de Paisaje
Construction: Conarq, Paz Arquitectura
Structure Design: Consultores Estructurales
Text Description: © Courtesy of Paz Arquitectura
Images: © Paz Arquitectura, Andres Asturias
Materials & Suplier:
Bathroom: Duravit – Hansgrohe
Furniture: Dido, Luminaire