Casa en el Bosque, or the house in the woods, is by no means an ordinary family home. It was recently announced as the 2021 winner of the internationally acclaimed Next Landmark International Award for architects and designers, which was presented in partnership with Floornature.com, a magazine published by Iris Ceramica Group.
The Next Landmark International Award, now in its tenth year, is organised as a “contest of ideas” with an open and anonymous procedure, with the aim of rewarding two projects dedicated to sustainable functional mixing in the categories of:
- Landmark project of the year.
- Research project of the year.
Nature-based solutions (NBS)
The judging panel agreed on the unique aspects of Casa en el Bosque and noted: “This is a project demonstrating symbiosis in its construction of four volumes isolated from the ground, yet connected by outdoor stairways, corridors and bridges, all without altering the topography or vegetation of the site.”
Based on the philosophy of nature-based solutions (NBS), in which functions are perfectly integrated into the natural element, the open home clearly reveals the architect’s intention of making a minimal footprint.
The forest in which Casa en el Bosque stands is one of the most important sources for purification of the air and filtering of the water that goes into the region’s reservoirs. As a responsibly and sustainably managed project that rethinks both private space and consolidation of the environment belonging to the community, this project is worthy of its title.
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