A Japanese-Inspired House in Colombia With A Tranquil Design
This is a home imagined as a tranquil sanctuary, a serene and perfectly balanced space where everything is in harmony with itself and the surroundings. We’re looking at a house that was remodeled in 2020 by studio Cinco Sólidos. It occupies a piece of land in Rionegro, Colombia and, as you can see, it doesn’t really fit the local vernacular nor does it pretend to.
That’s because its design was inspired by the owner’s trip to Japan which revealed the beauty of living in harmony with one another and one’s surroundings. As a result, the recent remodel aimed to transform the existing house into such a space. The original layout were kept intact and the project was developed in two phases. The first one was to tackle the interior and the second one was aimed at the outdoor areas.
The house is structured into two main volumes which are perpendicular to one another. This creates a nice division between the public and the private spaces but also means that the house as a whole is well-balanced and coherent. The two volumes have a long corridor going across which connects all the different areas. It’s lined in wood and it takes advantage of the natural sunlight to create a very welcoming and comfortable ambiance inside which in turn extends to all the other spaces adjacent to the corridor.
The tall pitched roof gives a feeling of space and brings in more additional sunlight. Outside, the living areas open onto a large wooden terrace which lines a swimming pool. There’s lots of trees framing the deck, the pool and the house itself and this creates a wonderful feeling of immersion into nature. An outdoor kitchen is positioned parallel to the indoor one, leaving the rest of the deck open. The deck frames the pool and continues on a lower level where a gorgeous fire pit seating area is positioned on one side and al fresco dining area on the other.