A Family Retreat: Cabin 192 by Jòse Isturaín Arquitectura
Clients: Parents and two brothers
Architect: Jòse Isturaín Arquitectura
Location: Altos del María (PA)
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In the remote, hilly landscape of Altos del María, Jòse Isturaín Arquitectura has realized a small family project. The clients who commissioned the job: the architect’s parents and two brothers. It was to be an inexpensive, simple project. The result is Cabin 192, a family retreat comprising three cabins and a main house in the western highlands of Panama.
Each cabin features a bedroom, bathroom and kitchenette distributed over two small areas measuring 21 m² on the ground floor and 36 m² upstairs. Completely new planting of native and location-appropriate tree species has successively replaced the original spruces whose wood was used for the columns and joists of the main structure. The walls and floors consist of fibre-cement plates. An anchored metal device and insulated EPS thermopanels form the roof construction.
Cabin 192 rests on wooden piles; because the structure is raised, tropical humidity is kept out of the bedrooms. Local workers, friends and relatives all helped complete this very personal project.
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