Rolando Lopez Lopez

Rolando Lopez Lopez

Saint Louis, MO, US


Deconstructed Vault House

Architectural ideas are often inherently tied to the program, of function, of the building. What is an architectural idea when there is not strong programmatic requirements? The framework for this project consists of constructing a pre-fabricated modular loft-house, to be lifted atop a New York city building. The house is seen not as a series of programs, but as a vessel for life to happen.

The Vault House explores construction as a means of expression. The approach is concerned with the analysis and modulation of two-directional vaults as a primary means of structure and enclosure. Rib Vaults, two-directional vaults with a linear structure, evolved during the middle ages as a superior alternative to groin vaults. The interpretation of the vault as a domestic element provides a constructive architectural module. The house is formed by four modules, one of which is stretched to establish a center – a hearth – within the space. A layered roof spans the whole construction, visually joining the four modules and allowing for improved passive cooling during warm months.

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Status: School Project
Location: New York, NY, US
My Role: Designer