Small Glass Cabin in Gorafe Desert, Spain by OFIS Architects

- Advertisement -

Small Glass Cabin in Gorafe Desert, Spain by OFIS Arhitekti

Architects: OFIS Architects
Project: Small Glass Cabin
Project Team: Rok Oman, Spela Videcnik, Andrej Gregoric, Janez Martincic, José Navarrete Jiménez, Lucas Blasco Sendón, Jakub Chaloupek, Agnieszka Sukienniczak
Location: Gorafe desert, Granada, Spain
Area: 20 m2
Year 2018
Photographs: Jose Navarrete

This small glass cabin is a research prototype for a comfortable if elementary retreat in a tense juxtaposition with harsh surrounding environment. The project, initiated by Guardian Glass is challenging thermal and structural abilities of glass. Instead of focusing only in “a glass as a window element” the concept explored its advanced potentials, e.g. transparent but shading element, a thin but thermally efficient envelope that is also the sole structural support.

Small Glass Cabin in Gorafe Desert, Spain by OFIS Arhitekti 1

This project is a response to the local, desert climate conditions. It is about both passive design and renewable energy generation. The building’s footprint contains every element that makes life possible from energy production to waste water treatment, while maintaining a comfortable interior only surrounded by a stunning, uninterrupted 360‎° views.

Small Glass Cabin in Gorafe Desert, Spain by OFIS Arhitekti 2

This small glass cabin will be the setting of a 1-week retreat for a single person or a couple. The guests will be selected from different tourist sharing platforms. The internal space is organized in 3 parts: bedroom, living area and bathroom with sanitary core in the middle with all of the spaces opening towards the porch which is a covered and shaded external platform that is protected from the sun and wind.

Small Glass Cabin in Gorafe Desert, Spain by OFIS Arhitekti 3

The unit uses the vertical glazing panels of the envelope as structural walls, resisting the desert’s high-speed winds and supporting the timber stressed skin roof and deck. The glass thermally efficient envelope is constructed of triple glazing walls that, due to use of almost invisible coatings, protects the interior from the sun.

Small Glass Cabin in Gorafe Desert, Spain by OFIS Arhitekti 4

Excerpt from AKT II structural engineers: “This is the third iteration of our collaboration in research and design with OFIS Architects, continuing our exploration into the intrinsic structural nature of glass and timber. Set in the harsh weather conditions of Spain’s Gorafe desert, the unit uses the vertical glazing panels of the envelope as structural walls, resisting the desert’s high-speed winds and supporting the timber stressed skin roof. Our Envelopes team developed bespoke details to accommodate the structural function of the glazing, and supported the client during the procurement phase.”

Small Glass Cabin in Gorafe Desert, Spain by OFIS Arhitekti 5

Small Glass Cabin in Gorafe Desert, Spain by OFIS Arhitekti 6

Small Glass Cabin in Gorafe Desert, Spain by OFIS Arhitekti 7

Small Glass Cabin in Gorafe Desert, Spain by OFIS Arhitekti 8

Small Glass Cabin in Gorafe Desert, Spain by OFIS Arhitekti 9

Small Glass Cabin in Gorafe Desert, Spain by OFIS Arhitekti 10

Small Glass Cabin in Gorafe Desert, Spain by OFIS Arhitekti 11

Small Glass Cabin in Gorafe Desert, Spain by OFIS Arhitekti 12

- Advertisement -

Modern barn-house in the middle of the nature: Hupomone Ranch

Hupomone Ranch is located on the land of a 160 acres farm, located in Chileno Valley, just three miles west of downtown Petaluma, California....

Vigario House is a Dialog Between Old and New / AND-RÉ

Vigario House is a particular and sensitive project, dating back to 2008 and completed early 2015. Located in Paredes, Portugal, the house was designed...

Home Office / Ande Bunbury Architects

Architects: Ande Bunbury Architects Project: Home Office Project Team: Ande Bunbury, Karen Abernethy, James Wong Collaborators: Keith Patrick & Associates, Dolphin Pools Location: Camberwell, Australia Area: 34 m2 Photography: Drew...

Geoffrey House in Toronto / Wanda Ely Architect

Geoffrey House is a single-family home designed by Wanda Ely Architect, a Toronto-based architecture design practice, specializing in contemporary, inspired, and thoughtfully detailed residential...

Canticle Luxury Apartment in the Historical City Center of Lucca, Italy

Canticle Luxury Apartment is a new residence designed by Italian studio Studiòvo. Canticle is located in Lucca, the capital of Tuscany, Italy. Description by Studiòvo: The...

Eco-friendly furniture inspired by Portuguese traditions

DAM is a Portuguese design studio that combines in its projects traditional materials and techniques with a creative and innovative design. The Portuguese culture...

Swedish House with a Generous View of the Sea

With a high position and a panoramic view over the Baggensfjarden bay, this Swedish house occupies 251 square meters in a very quiet area of Saltsjobaden city from Sweden, situated on the Baltic Sea coast.

Solid Concrete House Softened by the Wooden Notes in Buenos Aires

They requested a house of permanent use with the special requirement that it should make it possible to live intensely the relationship between interior and exterior spaces, so appreciated by the clients. Another request expressed was that, although they were interested in a house built with exposed concrete, they wanted the presence of the wood to break that monochromatic expression.

Eastwood Residence in Chicago / Searl Lamaster Howe Architects

The defining characteristic of the Eastwood Residence is its contextual responsiveness. While contemporary in expression, it relates to its Lincoln Square, a historically German and family oriented neighborhood on Chicago’s north side, location in a number of ways.

Darling Point House: Alteration and Addition of an Existing Victorian Cottage

This project is the alteration and addition of an existing Victorian cottage in Darling Point, Sydney. In recognition of the local suburbs’ vernacular, the ambition was to pay homage to a traditional grand home within a limited footprint.

Traditional Northern Norwegian House by Carl-Viggo Hølmebakk

This project for a summer retreat is an addition to, and rehabilitation of an old “Nordlandshus” (traditional northern Norwegian house) on a remote site in the coastal island area of Lofoten.