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Ocean Park, P.R.
Casa Mar

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Facts

Appointment

Completion

Area

Height

Client

Consultant

2009
2011
XX sqft
XX ft
Sr. Antoine De Marsily & Sra. Verónica Viso
Consultant, Consultant, Consultant, Consultant

Team

The project seeks to develop a fresh and novel concept for a private single-family residence in the context of a major public beach on the urban edge of San Juan. Altering this neighborhood’s traditional relationship with the ocean - one of virtual negation, the design reverts this tendency by celebrating the views to the sea and making it the focus of the important living spaces.

 

The initial concern - public vs. private = site vs. program - led to reconsider the typical site relationship by elevating the living spaces on two (2) levels above the ground and establishing a new ‘horizon’ with the clear intention of buffering – yet integrating - the intensely frequented beach.  At the same time, this (3m) rise safeguards from a possible hurricane/storm surge - approximately every decade.

 

Addressing sustainability, the house features a linear photovoltaic-paneled pergola generating energy for most domestic consumption (except air aconditioning) as well as providing shade and protection for the a/c compressors.  Hot water is supplied by a vaccum tube solar heater.  Rainwater is retained and stored in a ground-level cistern, supplying water for landscaping and hose bibs, as well as replenishing pool evaporation. 

Sculpture Details

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