Carmen de Apicalá House


In the heart of Carmen de Apicalá, Colombia, lies an architectural oasis that seamlessly marries the lush vibrancy of its tropical surroundings with the serene minimalism of modern design. This residential retreat, a mere stone's throw from the bustling capital of Bogotá, offers a tranquil escape from urban life, perfectly adapted to the warm and sunny climes of the region.

The home is a masterclass in climate-responsive design, characterized by its extensive use of pergolas. These not only serve as an aesthetic feature but play a crucial role in modulating the intense Colombian sun. The cleverly designed wooden slats cast a moving tapestry of shadows throughout the day, cooling the living spaces and creating an ever-evolving interaction with light.

Materials are chosen both for their ability to withstand the heat and their natural beauty, blending the home into its verdant environment. The use of concrete provides a cool respite from the tropical heat, while wood accents offer a warm counterbalance, invoking the traditional Colombian finca aesthetic.

The landscaping echoes this interplay of shadow and light, with native plantings that thrive in the sun and provide privacy and seclusion. The resulting environment is one of harmony, where every element from the architecture to the vegetation is thoughtfully integrated to create a seamless indoor-outdoor living experience.

This Carmen de Apicalá residence is not just a dwelling but a statement on how architecture can cater to the demands of climate, culture, and context, crafting spaces that are both functional and inspiring. The proximity to Bogotá allows for an idyllic country lifestyle without sacrificing the convenience of the city, making it a coveted retreat for those looking to immerse themselves in nature without straying too far from the urban heartbeat.

Project name
Carmen de Apicalá House
Carmen de Apicalá | Colombia