infraestudio have been commissioned to design a weekend home in the countryside for a conceptual cuban artist who wanted a unique experience in zaza del medio, cuba. the site for ‘house in zaza’ is located on a property of an old farm surrounded by trees. the project aims to redefine the domestic landscape with the creation of the extra thin house within the natural surroundings.

infraestudio creates this extra thin house in cuba's countryside
the weekend house forces its users to be part of country life

all images courtesy of infraestudio

 

 

the building has been designed by the architect with the intention to maximize how much space is in direct contact with the exterior, and the reduction of the interior m2 of use. by using this method, the resulting plan is 3m at its widest point, tapering to only 1.2m. inspired by a modern ruin located a few km from the site, the project aims to create a ‘found ruin’ – a space that provides meaning to its user.

infraestudio creates this extra thin house in cuba's countryside
made with local wood, the house is perceived as an open portal

 

 

all the furniture is proposed to be made of concrete and while the house is not in use, the bedroom (the only closed area of the house), will store all the various objects belonging to the house. ‘house in zaza’ utilizes nature to create a domestic landscape, and by employing this thin typology for the floor plan, the architect creates a direct connection between the interior spaces and the surrounding countryside.

infraestudio creates this extra thin house in cuba's countryside
the only technological element of the house is a curtain that protects from rain and insects

infraestudio creates this extra thin house in cuba's countryside
the exterior trees and space is part immanent to the operation of the house

infraestudio creates this extra thin house in cuba's countryside

the existing site is located on a property of an old farm surrounded by trees

infraestudio creates this extra thin house in cuba's countryside

inspired by a modern ruin located a few km from the site

infraestudio creates this extra thin house in cuba's countryside

the plan goes from 3 to 1.2m

infraestudio creates this extra thin house in cuba's countryside
the physical model of the proposal

infraestudio creates this extra thin house in cuba's countryside
the porticoed wooden structure refers to other houses in the area

 

 

project info:

 

project name: ‘house in zaza’

architect: infraestudio

location: zaza del medio, sancti spiritus, cuba

 

designboom has received this project from our ‘DIY submissions‘ feature, where we welcome our readers to submit their own work for publication. see more project submissions from our readers here.

 

edited by: lynne myers | designboom

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