A House Built Around The Trees: Casa Corallo by Paz Arquitectura

11.09.12 | By
A House Built Around The Trees: Casa Corallo by Paz Arquitectura

Designed by Guatemalen architecture firm Paz ArquitecturaCasa Corallo brings nature indoors – quite literally. Located in Guatemala City, this seems far from an urban environment. In fact, it feels so entrenched in its environment that you wouldn’t be surprised to hear that it has trees growing through it. Yes, I said through it!

Its location, a hillside forest in the Santa Rosalía area of Guatemala City, the architect, Alejandro Paz didn’t want to disrupt the natural landscape too much and decided that the house would integrate some of the existing trees, allowing them to interact with the living space.

See how the trees go through the house like natural columns?

You really do get the sensation that you’re in a treehouse.

Yeah, I’d wake up to that view every day.

How’s this for a wine rack?

Architect: Alejandro Paz – Paz Arquitectura
Collaborators: Axel Mendoza, Gabriel Rodriguez, Alex Titus, Mario Roberto Paz, Claudia Pezarozzi, Wolfgang Schoenbeck
Landscape Design: Pokorny y Valencia, Arquitectura de Paisaje
Construction: Conarq / Paz Arquitectura
Structure Design: Consultores Estructurales
Land Area: 1,876.18 m2
Built Area: 747.50 mts2
Materials: Reinforced concrete, masonry, laminate glass, tempered glass, treated wood, manchiche wood and steel structure
Bathroom Fisctures: Duravit – Hansgrohe
Furniture: Dido, Luminaire
Design date: 2008 
Construction dates: 2009-2011
Photography: Andres Asturias

Jaime Derringer, Founder + Executive Editor of Design Milk, is a Jersey girl living in SoCal. She dreams about funky, artistic jewelry + having enough free time to enjoy some of her favorite things—running, reading, making music, and drawing.