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Manuela Sanchez

Manuela Sanchez

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Casa del Mar:

This project is inspired by one of the most iconic houses in Los Angeles, Stahl House designed by the architect Pierre Koenig. As well as, Sky Tower 49 a modern and futuristic project from the movie Oblivion written and directed by Joseph Kosinski.

According to the design, the client wanted a summerhouse located on a high mountain that allowed the view to one of the most beautiful beaches in Puerto Plata, Dominican Republic: Playa Chiquita.

The house is distributed on two floors. The ground floor destined for service and the second floor for living, including

+Double garage

+Living room connected with the dining room that opens to the kitchen and a restroom

+Guest bedroom

+2 bathrooms: 1 master, 1 secondary

+Terrace

+And the main bedroom with a balcony overlooking the Atlantic sea

+Service includes laundry and ironing area, 1 bedroom, 1 bathroom, and a pool mechanical room

The space planning is arranged in an L-shaped metal, concrete, and glass structure, surrounding an outdoor terrace where there are a large pool and a jacuzzi. Most of the exterior walls are glazed so that there is a connection with the environment, which makes it a perfect place where one can simply enjoy a coffee in the morning or witness the most fascinating sunsets.

The house follows a line of modern tropical design and a slight touch of the ’60s style in its interior.

An example of it is the open area of the living room, dining room, and kitchen. Most of the furniture is made of wood, and the L-shaped sofa is the most characteristic of that time. Colors such as yellow, orange and blue. Stone walls and wooden floors. Musical instruments, lava lamps and paintings related to singers of the 60s (e.g., The Beatles, Marilyn Monroe, The Who, and Bob Dylan) as part of the decoration.

Because the house is surrounded by mountains with steep slopes, a concrete gutter is created around it to prevent flooding when it rains.

Relative to the sun and wind path of the project’s geographic location, the spaces are oriented in a way that allows balance; the main living areas (kitchen, dining room, living room, the master bedroom, and the pool) are faced to the north, as well as the main glazing in the house, such as windows and glass doors.

Besides, the roof eaves are wide enough especially to avoid overheating. At night, all the bedrooms are exposed to the cooling sea breeze from the northeast.

The exterior of the house is painted white to stand out among nature’s green and reduce climate change (this color reflects the sunlight creating a fresh indoor environment, thus reducing the use of air conditioning). Bright colors such as yellow and blue are used inspired by the sun and the sea.



 
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Status: School Project
Location: Dominicana, DO
My Role: Revit modeling, Layout, Creation of furniture, 3D Renderings
Additional Credits: Architect Andy Acosta
Architect Karina Castillo

 
Areas
Areas
Exterior view
Exterior view
Exterior view
Exterior view
Living room
Living room
Dining room
Dining room
Kitchen
Kitchen
Master bedroom
Master bedroom
Parametric family: Kitchen furniture
Parametric family: Kitchen furniture
Parametric family: TV stand
Parametric family: TV stand
Parametric family: Table
Parametric family: Table
Parametric family: Chair
Parametric family: Chair