Asunción-based practice, Bauen has completed a private residence using recyclable materials, assembled on site in 60 days. Conceptualised with the intention of being moved from one location to another, it is built using 100% recyclable materials.
Aldo Cristaldo, founder of Bauen, delivers a truly sustainable residence, built using lowcost recycled metal. The house uses three repurposed shipping containers in combination with recycled steel frames which form the structural elements of the house.
The architecture here re-thinks how to lower the carbon footprint in building industry using resources that already exist.
The search for this house started by asking a simple question, Cristaldo explains, “What If? This question starts the search, what if we build a house that can be moved from one place to another, with recyclable materials and low carbon footprint?”
Two shipping containers are arranged horizontally and one vertically, supported on metal beam lifted from the ground, defining spaces with solid walls. The base plane is porous, providing the house flexibility and the ability to open up to the elements or provide shelter when needed.
The 440-square metre house is designed to be minimalist at best, its boundaries loosely defined by the steel frame and movable sliding enclosures, integrating and separating the interiors and exteriors.
The house is split in two levels, featuring 3 bedrooms, living room and kitchen space. The living room is flexible, only defined by sliding walls which can be opened up to extend the space towards the landscape.
The house is also characterised through its surface treatment, finished raw; the oxidisation on metal surface providing it with patina which is often a sign of age.
“A low-cost recycled metal was the solution, to which we gave the appearance that time will eventually provide,” said the architects.
Casa Laif represents a paradigm shift of how we can build our homes sustainably. By carefully sourcing materials, the house drastically lowers its carbon footprint and re-examines building materials’ lifecycle after the building’s life.
Project Name: Casa Laif
Architects: Aldo Cristaldo, Fiorella Pereira
Location : Condominio Aqua Village (Lote 3, manzana 16) located in the boundaries of Altos and San Bernardino.
End of construction: 2018
Construction Surface: 440.6m2
Photography/Web Site: Federico Cairoli