Earthbox, Asunción

Designed by: Equipo de Arquitectura
For client: Viviana Pozzoli and Horacio Cherniavsky Floor area: 45.00 M² Year of completion: 2018
Submitted for: Small Office of the Year


Public Score
3.08
3.03 Function
3.08 Innovation
3.14 Creativity
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Light acts as a time teller.

About the Project

“The sun never knew how great it was until it hit the side of a building”. – Louis Kahn

Dreams + Necessity + Available resources = Project

Solving the basic equation of materializing dreams through a bounded Budget, we initiated the construction process of our architectural office. The exercise begins with the experimental transformation process of materials, such as earth, Wood and glass, configuring them between two existing trees: a flame tree, that stays outside but framed, and a guavirá tree, that stands in the middle of the space to share our company.

The 30-cm rammed earth walls hold the weight of the roof, resting in only 20 cm of its width, exploiting the structural qualities of this material. All of the furniture and doors are made of recycled wooden forms used in the concrete slab that covers the office. The library detaches from the walls in order for the light to continue its path, suspending books and paintings, studio’s most precious treasures.

If light builds time, and gravity builds space, the atmosphere of Earthbox is built with the sound of jazz, the smell of incense and the flavor of fresh coffee.

What’s unique about it

The project depicts creativity and innovation using austere materials, the existing vegetation and light to create a working space. The atmosphere constructed can be seen throughout the images, where nature, light and space collide in the architectural experience. The use of rammed earth walls follow sustainable criteria, since the use of that material does not impact the environment. The preservation of the trees, and their integration with the project, is also an example of our global consciousness. Craftsmanship is impregnated in walls and roof, showcasing the labor of our workers. Earthbox is the manifestation of architectural dreams taken into action.

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Construction process. Light and shadow. Matter and nature.

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All of the plants provide clean air for the inside.

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The outside tree is brought inside through the glass.

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The library is where the treasures are kept.

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The construction is well explained through the textures of the materials.

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Earthbox plant

The video shows the construction process.

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