Our project for the Topical Greenhouse consists of a simple solution to solve all the client's requirements.
Since both the best view and orientation of this site are south, the project is composed of a single volume containing, essentially, three different spaces, the green house in one end, the two guest rooms on the other and an in between entrance space and lobby that's flexible enough to house potted plants and in another moment yoga sessions.
The most important architectural feature of the project is it´s roof, which shifts from a gable roof on the east end guest house to a sloping south facing and taller roof on the west end greenhouse. The project solves different spatial needs in one elegant gesture.
To go along with the shifting roof, the transparency of the facade and roof also integrated a transitional concept, a momentary modulation from clear to opaque facade materials that delivers complete transparency to the greenhouse and privacy to the guest house.
The orientation for the different spaces was decided for their demands. The greenhouse required a south facing roof and is located on the west end because it's generally warmer than the east end. The guestrooms on the other part allow morning sunlight as well as south warmth for the colder times of the year.
The sloping terrain is also taken into advantage for the different needs of the various spaces. The volume stands on a rock wall base that absorbs the site's incline leaving an even floor plan for the inside of the building. The greenhouse end of the project sits on top of the lowest part of the site, which allows the growing beds to be lowered in order for it's surface to be at level with the rest of the building. The guestrooms are then, closer to the grade.
Wood structure was chosen for the small modular grid of the project's plan, and because it somehow it's columns represent the woods that surround the building.
Overall, the project works with the site's conditions and orientation to deliver a simple and elegant design with great architectural quality.
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