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Apolo 11 House by Parra + Edwards Architects

23 Jul

Parra + Edwards Architects have designed the Apolo 11 House in La Reina, Santiago, Chile.


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Apolo 11 House by Parra + Edwards Architects

Apollo 11 is a shop house in the middle of a grove of elms at the foot of the Andes, on the outskirts of the city of Santiago. She was baptized with that name because it is designed like a ship that landed in a forest without touching it at any time and will undertake his departure, leaving the forest intact. “Apollo 11″ also for the laboratory conditions: This house functions as architecture workshop, recording studio and rehearsal room acoustic and electric music. It is a capsule that support in full the life of his crew, a family of architects and musicians.

The program is organized in two levels from a rectangular 6 x 9 mts. in 6 mts. high. The rectangle, for the Japanese is the only element that does not distort the nature, is a clean element that tends to disappear. The simplicity of the box also helps the idea of ??occupying the forest floor minimum while maximizing the heat inside the ship as it landed in a place that is very cold in winter. With two levels of heating is easy and is oriented in their bedrooms to the north with large windows that take the stored heat energy and heat through the glass. In summer the foliage of the elms control acts as natural sunlight.

The box is a simple grid structure coated metal plates on their skin for plywood of 18 mm. glass plates and allowing full and empty that resemble the dark and light fragments produced in the foliage of trees. The skeleton of this structure is always visible, with the metal profiles metaphor from the trunks and branches of this new forest and wood planes of the leaves of the tree. That’s why their facades are indefinite and change in different seasons of the year through mobile web pages are the thermal checked in and out depending on what is happening in the forest itself.

Inside the ship, the inhabitant is a guest, a silent spectator of the nature of the forest in all its dimensions, as a temporary crew capsule observation ephemeral aware of their status in a place that belongs to him, but that is not property.

Visit the Parra + Edwards Architects website – here.

Photography by Rodrigo Avilés



Chilean Miner to Compete in Marathon

02 Nov

Edison Pena, one of the Chilean miners who was trapped underground for 69 days, was known to the media as “the runner” because he ran long distances underground to keep physically fit. On Sunday, he’s going to compete in the New York City Marathon, according to Mary Wittenberg, the President of the New York City Road Runners Club:

Edison Pena, 34, was originally invited by the club, which organizes the annual marathon, to attend the event as a spectator. But Pena insisted on running in the 26.2-mile marathon, Wittenberg said.[...]

“To be out there whether running or walking is such an affirmation of the human spirit,” she said of the marathon.

Wittenberg said Pena will be traveling to New York with his wife.

The 12th miner to be rescued, Pena is a diehard Elvis Presley fan who, despite speaking little English, knows most of the words to Elvis classics and led the trapped miners in sing-alongs during their 69-day ordeal underground.

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