Sustainable Villas

Casa de Uco Villas Tunuyan / Argentina / 2018

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The villas are separate and autonomous from a hotel, surround by vineyards at 13.000 feet high. They are provided with an interior patio and accessible rooftop. Have an ecological hybrid system for generating hot water for general heating and domestic use, by means of solar panels and pumps. The units also use a storable photovoltaic energy system.


The same radiant circuits are used with geothermic energy to heat the living area in extreme seasons, aided by solar pumps and fluctuating difference of 15/20 degrees Celsius between indoor and outdoor temperature. Passive induced ventilation have also been implemented by cross ventilation and chimney effect.


The villas were built in a minimum timeframe of 6 months using a system of plastic formworks provided by PERI GmbH from Germany, which was the first time worldwide that these molds were used.


The material and the form chosen in these villas are consequences of their construction in a rocky frontier. In this setting no particular style is befitting or welcoming. Only stone or its substitute concrete: made of cement (ground stone), along with stones and sandstone of the surrounding land, combined with water.


This faithfully reproduces the prevailing material in the immediate mountain range. Stone on top of stone in basic geometric shapes, just like each one of the early constructions made by man.


 


PROJECT: VILLAS CASA DE UCO (www.casadeuco.com)


PROJECT & CONSTRUCTION: 2017 - 2018


LOCATION: Valle de Uco, Tunuyán, Mendoza, Ruta 94 KM 14.


Latitude 33º 65´53”, Longitude 69º 16´55” Altitude: 1300 meters, at the foothills of the Andes Mountains.


AUTHOR: Arq. Alberto Tonconogy (www.alberto-tonconogy.com.ar)


CONTRIBUTOR: Arq. Nicolas Bozzano

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    The villas are separate and autonomous from a hotel, surround by vineyards at 13.000 feet high. They are provided with an interior patio and accessible rooftop. Have an ecological hybrid system for generating hot water for general heating and domestic use, by means of solar panels and pumps. The units also use a storable photovoltaic energy system. The same radiant circuits are used with geothermic energy to heat the living area in extreme seasons, aided by solar pumps and fluctuating...

    Project details
    • Year 2018
    • Work started in 2018
    • Work finished in 2018
    • Main structure Reinforced concrete
    • Client Casa de Uco Resort & Spa
    • Contractor Santiago Monteverdi S.A.
    • Cost -
    • Status Completed works
    • Type Urban development plans / Landscape/territorial planning / Single-family residence / Multi-family residence / Country houses/cottages / Hotel/Resorts / Wellness Facilities/Spas / Tourist Facilities / Modular/Prefabricated housing / Chalets, Mountains houses / Refuges
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