gabinete de arquitectura constructs monumental brick canopy in asunción, paraguay
 

gabinete de arquitectura constructs monumental brick canopy in asunción, paraguay

gabinete de arquitectura constructs monumental brick canopy in asunción, paraguay

 

 

 

on the outskirts of asunción, paraguay’s capital and largest city, a monumental canopy made from brick and steel has been constructed in the back yard of an existing property. the structure — designed by solano benítez, gloria cabral, solanito benítez of gabinete de arquitectura — forms a versatile space that hovers above a swimming pool at the rear of the plot, while enclosing its own sheltered volumes.

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the monumental canopy is made from brick and steel
all images by federico cairoli

 

 

 

named ‘quincho tía coral’, gabinete de arquitectura’s design measures a total of 160 square meters (1,722 square feet). made from discarded rubble, reused glass, and cement floors, the structure is supported by an inverted V-shaped pillar, whose form references the triangular motifs found throughout the remainder of the scheme. meanwhile, lighting strategically positioned within the canopy allows the pavilion to glow gently at night.

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the structure forms a versatile space that hovers above a swimming pool

 

 

 

during the day, the pavilion provides much-needed shade from the region’s hot sun. the terrace provides an ideal location for a summer barbecue, with an adjacent pool offering further respite from the warm weather. in a manner similar to that of the huge arch erected at the 2016 venice architecture biennale, gabinete de arquitectura has again brought together humble materials as a way to assert a powerful and profound architectural gesture.

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the design encloses its own sheltered volumes

gabinete-de-arquitectura-quincho-tia-coral-asuncion-paraguay-designboom-02
the scheme measures a total of 160 square meters

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an inverted V-shaped pillar supports the structure

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triangular motifs are found throughout

gabinete-de-arquitectura-quincho-tia-coral-asuncion-paraguay-designboom-02
the terrace provides an ideal location for a summer barbecue

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an adjacent pool offers respite from the hot weather

gabinete-de-arquitectura-quincho-tia-coral-asuncion-paraguay-designboom-02
the pavilion provides much-needed shade from the region’s hot sun

gabinete-de-arquitectura-quincho-tia-coral-asuncion-paraguay-designboom-02
lighting, strategically positioned within the canopy, allows the pavilion to glow gently by night

gabinete-de-arquitectura-quincho-tia-coral-asuncion-paraguay-designboom-02
the design brings together humble materials to assert a powerful architectural gesture

 

 

project info:

 

name: quincho tía coral
architects: gabinete de arquitectura
location: asunción, paraguay
team: solano benítez, gloria cabral, solanito benítez
project area: 160 sqm
project year: 2015
collaborators: costanza abente, melisa marchi
construction: gabinete de arquitectura s.r.l., caló estructuras s.r.l.
structures: ing. julio alvarez
photography: federico cairoli

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