Located in Girardot, Colombia and designed by studio GM Arquitectos,GM1 House comes with a highly contemporary appearance characterized by a large flat roof, floor to ceiling windows and an overall minimalist design approach. This modern South American residence is structured on two levels and was envisioned with emphasis on nature, on bringing the lush surrounding environment indoors. A living area connected to the pool by sliding glass doors and a terrace on the second level come as arguments to the project’s openness. The living and dining room are the core of the house, displaying interesting furniture details for anyone in search of modern home inspiration. Functionality seems to be the main feature of this minimalist project, with interiors that are sober and lack personal touches. [Photos by Andrés Valbuena]
Energy during the construction process was saved by using FSC-certified glulam timber instead of steel to create the building’s distinctive wavy roof, while the store’s external walls use hemclad, a highly innovative insulator made from hemp, which, like all plants, absorbs CO2 from the atmosphere as it grows. An 80,000 litre water tank below ground provides water for the store’s toilets and waters the site’s green wall’, which provides natural insulation, acts as an all-natural pollution filter near the car park, and helps to encourage biodiversity. The result is a building that uses a fraction of the energy of structures of a similar size, and is still very popular with local shoppers.
Inside the school, a wall made of cross-laminated timber separates classrooms from the main corridor, providing a space for storage and study. With very little to work with, the architects have managed to create a building that is much more than just the sum of all of its parts