Residence Ara Pytu/

José Cubilla


Project Details



Mariano Roque Alonso / Paraguay



Year (Design/Construction):

- / 2016

Area (Net/Gross):

340 m2 / -
Operational Carbon emissions

Operational Carbon emissions (B6) kgCO2e/m2/y:

Embodied Carbon emissions

Embodied Carbon emissions (A1-A3) kgCO2e/m2:

  • Recycled stone helps to reduce the associated life cycle impact of the building and promotes circular economy.
  • Natural materials such as timber are deployed
  • The building’s passive ventilation and shading strategies are optimised to reduce energy demand.

In the Guaraní cosmogony, Ara means day, “time” and Pytu means “darkness”; together they suggest an atmosphere of gloom that embraces the space. The house is located in a beautiful and shady forest, with a rich biodiversity of flora and fauna.

How could anyone occupy this place without destroying it?

The project is incorporated as a rock, redeeming itself and taking its shape from the forest that surrounds it; It is built with handcrafted bricks, wood and recycled stone. The terrace – garden is integrated into the landscape, preserving the thermal inertia inside the house and offering the possibility of sowing food, trying to reduce the impact on the place.

  • Photographs: Luis Ayala


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