Alhambra House by URBANA Architects
The Alhambra house designed by URBANA Architects, located located in Guaynabo, Puerto Rico. The given program simply called for a house [either a new one or the transformation of the original structure] with “a central, open kitchen, a studio-office loft, open living spaces, and a general reorientation towards the patio”.
The existing house contained a monumental Japanese oak in its patio, a fact that shaped the basic design strategy for the project. By doing so, the tree not only became the visual centerpiece of the intervention, but was also made into the principal temperature-control device, as both light filter, and natural air conditioner. The design also incorporates large glass doors and windows, as well as central skylights distributed throughout the house, bringing natural daylight in order to reduce electrical illumination during the day. The project also incorporates a swimming pool and an outdoor gazebo [with a guest room]. The pool serves as connector between the main house and the gazebo. via archdaily