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The concept of the AIR VILLA is to merge the house with its surroundings to minimize energy consumption and maximize exposure to nature.
Our design takes advantage of the comfortable year-round temperature in Cerro Azul of 24ºC (76ºF). Therefore all functions are lined up along the southern edge of the property to maximize exposure to the wonderful climate. All functions are carved out in section so that panels can be moved through the space to determine how much space and surrounding are mixed. This principle of Form Equals Function allows spaces to operate both outside, inside and in any in-between condition. Depending on the time of the day, weather and needs, the user can determine how much each individual space is merged with its surrounding by sliding panels in or out.

Inspired by indigenous Panamanian houses, cross ventilation cools the house while local wood and stones are used to minimize the carbon footprint of the building. LED lighting, solar energy and a hot water pump minimize the energy consumption of the building.
As a result the AIR VILLA combines the comfort of contemporary design and technologies with an indigenous balance between house and surrounding.


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