This three-bedroom house had numerous problems concerning lack of natural light and ventilation as well as uncomfortable interior spaces with almost no relationship to the surrounding patios. Thus, the design aimed to open many interior spaces to its surroundings. The design relying heavily on passive ventilation and illumination. Consequently, it uses ‘hot air chimneys’ that create airflow by extracting hot air from the principal spaces. The chimneys also double as vertical skylights that bring natural light to the interior. The open façades have a layer of movable galvanized steel panels that will serve as hurricane shutters as well as provide security for the house.
Photos shows the before (upper row) and after (below).