Designed by SOLISCOLOMER, the Casa Chinkara is a residential project located in Guatemala City, Guatemala. The house was imagined as a rock embedded in the landscape, an ethereal element that follows the order of the contour lines of the terrain. Inside it houses an art gallery, an intimate space for contemplation, a container of experiences materialized in the various works of art that conform it. Except for the art gallery each one of the rooms in the house is contained in a defined volume that opens towards the exterior integrating the richness of the natural life with the experiences contained inside the house. Huge glass windows with bright red frames are embedded into the volumes that make up the building denoting the intention of framing the landscape from the inside. From the outside the house reads as a group of window displays that expose the interior spaces that compose it along with the day to day experiences of it’s inhabitants; from the inside all of the activities of the residents are adorned by an exterior natural background conformed by different species of trees, animals and sounds.
In conclusion Casa Chinkara is more than a residence, it is an intermediary between the natural and the artificial; between the intimate and the external; between the massive and impressive and the residential and familiar.
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