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Eight Inscribed Houses and three courtyards, Gran Canaria, Spain

Sunday 05 Oct 2008

Origami façade

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RYRA use a façade reminiscent of origami in their new Eight Inscribed Houses and three courtyards 

The inscribed houses, with their small boundaries, are thought and built as a microcosm. The confinements of the irregular and broken limits of party walls, far from being perceived as a negative quality, heightened forms and bodies to the firm. Controlled spaces where container and contained elements establish dialogues which create a sequence of border spaces. These articulate a route that gently discovers three courtyards that filter natural light, dyeing it with shades of blue, ochre and green. Almost monochrome atmospheres.

The diagonal relations between the common spaces frame cuts and fragments of the sky and are naturally ventilated and brushed with natural light.

Every element plays a significant role. From the street to the deepest stay, one circulates along vestibules, courtyards, corridors, footbridges and slots of light.

Romera Y Ruiz formulates a dialogue to formalize the found tensions: between lines and thickness (those offered by the mismatch of alignments and party walls); between inner glances and outer tangencies. Thus, a vertical sequence of broken planes is drawn up, where light slides and shadows become more expressive throughout the day. They turn the only façade into a changing game. Simple origami, fold, unfold, that.

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