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Casa Bajo El Paisaje, El Salvador by Molina Architecture Studio

Project name:
Casa Bajo El Paisaje
Architecture firm:
Molina Architecture Studio
El Salvador, Central America
Tools used:
Autodesk AutoCAD, Autodesk Revit, Autodesk 3ds Max, Corona Renderer, Adobe Photoshop
Principal architect:
Rodrigo Molina
Design team:
Molina Architecture Studio
Built area:
600 m²
Site area:
20 000 m²
Design year:
Completion year:
Rodrigo Molina
Concept - Design
Residential › House

Molina Architecture Studio: The point of arrival becomes a vast open place, almost like your own public plaza, that opens straight to the sky and the first impression makes you feel as if the landscape is resting over the house, a strong linear element greets you, inviting you to go down the landscape and meet the uninterrupted view.


The site is a very natural forest on the west side of the country, which is the main character of the story. The architecture itself tries to respond to the site, with the main intention being always framing the landscape, allowing the user to experience different atmospheres throughout the day, exploring a cave-like vila.


The program in this project becomes very powerful when the duality of built and unbuilt elements collapse with each other and create an experience for the user where the main plastic element divides into two wings, holding the social program on one side and the family program on the other.


The concept for the project was very simple; a domestic architectural element that was born with the site and merely adapted to offer shelter to the users but at the same time an offer an everlasting curiosity that will always strike the user differently since nature will slowly take over the architectural elements, evolving through time to a ruin-like modern cave that subsists with nature.

By Liliana Alvarez

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