Puerto Rico Houses Save this picture!+ 27 Share ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/5317/vs-houses-ramirez-buxeda-arquitectos Clipboard VS Houses / Ramírez Buxeda Arquitectos Text description provided by the architects. The project is a speculative development and the client is a for-profit corporation. The program was dictated by the needs of the market: four bedrooms, three and a half bathrooms with all the other spaces typical of sub-urban living. The houses exist between a “rural feeling” access road in the fringe of suburbia and a high speed expressway. Save this picture!Recommended ProductsLouvers / ShuttersLunawoodThermowood BattensCurtain WallsOTTOSTUMM | MOGSCurtain Walls SystemsCurtain WallsC.R. LaurenceU.S. Aluminum Series 4500 Curtain WallCurtain WallsJansenFacade Systems – VISS Fire EI30The site straddles a ridge between two creeks, one of which divides San Juan (the capital city of Puerto Rico) from Guaynabo (a main suburb of the capital city). The contextual duality of the rural-like suburbia vs. the high speed expressway and city frames the project.Save this picture!As part of the conceptual process three questions generated the initial thought: How can two houses reconcile the contextual duality of the site? How can two houses be equal yet assert their individuality at the same time? How can two houses correspond, talk, communicate and engage each other? The three questions were engaged by implementing spatial, volumetric, visual, material and textural “interlocks.”Save this picture!The houses look at the view of an old 60 feet high bamboo grove lining the creek 50 feet below and turn towards their courtyard. The double height space (living / dining areas) mediate the two. The exposed concrete structural skeleton provides the frame for the light filters: blue green translucent channel glass, aluminum louvers, powder coated grey perforated corrugated steel screen, fixed and operable blue green impact resistant glass and the weathering steel sliding gates.Save this picture!Project gallerySee allShow lessNazca Restaurant / Giancarlo MazzantiSelected ProjectsJackson House / DLF StudioSelected Projects Share ArchDaily “COPY” ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/5317/vs-houses-ramirez-buxeda-arquitectos Clipboard 2007 CopyAbout this officeRamírez Buxeda ArquitectosOfficeFollowProductsGlassSteelConcrete#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsResidential ArchitectureHousesHousesGuaynaboPuerto RicoPublished on September 04, 2008Cite: “VS Houses / Ramírez Buxeda Arquitectos” 04 Sep 2008. ArchDaily. Accessed 12 Jun 2021.