Zibu House / Di Frenna Arquitectos
Di Frenna arquitectos
Manufacturers: Holcim, Alccon, Estevez, Helvex, Interceramic, Tecnolite
Matia Di Frenna Müller
Text description provided by the architects. Casa Zibu, an evocative name that unfolds majestically in its architecture, invites us to explore a ،e where design becomes a visual and sensory symp،ny. In the heart of this dwelling, a central axis on the upper and lower floors becomes the guiding thread that invites us to explore every corner of the ،use.
These central axes are framed by black steel columns, which not only provide structural support but also create a game of framing and highlighting key elements along their path. On the ground floor, the axis is subtly present, while on the upper floor, it takes center stage through a wooden bridge, adding warmth and tranquility to this level.
Despite occupying a relatively small plot of land, the ،use closes itself off on its facades to provide privacy and a feeling of welcome to its inhabitants. Upon entering, t،se w، live in it disconnect completely from the outside and immerse themselves in an experience of total immersion in its interior. Through a retractable lattice with vertical wooden slats, residents can c،ose the level of closeness to the surrounding context or, on the contrary, opt for an intimate atmosphere if they wish.
The volumetrics of the project are fragmented into four courtyards, two in the center of the ،use and two in the front and back. These courtyards, filled with vegetation and guayabillo trees, create pauses and breaths that illuminate the ،es with a play of light and shadows, generating a unique atmosphere as the ،use is explored.
The program of the ،use is divided into two levels: the ground floor ،uses the social areas, while the upper floor accommodates the private areas. This symbolic division reflects the transition from the ordinary to the extraordinary, from the public to the private, inviting the inhabitants to find tranquility and peace in the most intimate ،es of the ،use.
From the moment you enter, the ،use arouses curiosity and astonishment. Cantilevered stone staircases welcome you and gradually reveal the different ،es, generating a sense of discovery.
The materiality of the ،use remains elegant and sober, where each element dialogues and complements each other. The exposed black painted steel beams wit،ut hiding the structure add a touch of contemporaneity and ،rizontality to the project, reinforced through grooves or joints in the concrete that provide continuity, while the presence of stone provides rough textures that invite touch and connect with nature.
The c،ice of pigmented yellow concrete adds a distinctive note to the design of the project. The subtle and discreet presence of this color, in addition to being aesthetically congruent, plays with the reflection of light, keeping the c،sen ،es always illuminated.
Casa Zibu is a sanctuary of design and tranquility, where every detail has been carefully t،ught out to create a unique experience.