Thursday, June 10, 2010

Hacienda Las Palomas

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This plan is a Spanish style villa where simple rooms, long veranda's and courtyards of different sizes are combined into a walled compound where it is difficult to distinguish indoor space from outdoor space. Circulation from one room to another involves traveling through a courtyard. Each courtyard is unique in size or character, each with a different type of water feature and landscape. Each courtyard is a room of it's own.

The courtyards allow every room to be cooled by natural ventilation while at the same time breaking the force of heavy trade winds. The long verandahs and loggias provide shade to also help cool the buildings without having to rely on air conditioning. When air conditioning is used it requires that you be either inside or outside with doors and windows shut. The design concept of this plan is to use natural cooling strategies so the indoor and outdoor rooms (courtyards) function as one building.

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