Villa Tropical is a model example of what a tropical household could be. The design is based on a re-interpretation of traditional “Dominican countryside homes”. These houses respect and play along with the natural surroundings taking advantage of most of the resources that mother nature supplies.
The first thing to notice is that there is an obvious separation between the walls and the roof, usually with wood or “cana”;
this is to keep the heat from entering the house.
Again, the idea of leaving space between the walls and the rooftop, in this image we can see that the separation is ornamented, showing that there can be an intention with the light entering the home. In this image we can also appreciate the idea of having walls that are actually windows, allowing more light and breeze to the interior.
Also we can see that all the tops are at an angle, this is to permit a fast evacuation during hard precipitation, this way you keep the interior dry and safe.
Next, we can see the construction process, which consist on regular columns, the walls are made with “palm-tree wood” planks, installed in a horizontal-overlap position (this is to prevent the water from entering the home). And again, the inclined rooftops.
As the research continued, I’ve noticed that doors are bi-parted, giving the whole, a more vertical appearance. Users can also choose if they want to leave one or both leafs open, so sunlight and breeze enter the space inside.
Another attribute is that windows do not consist on only one component, as we can see this window besides the transom has two main components which basically are: the two solid leafs which fully protect the interior during rain, strong winds, direct sunlight and even storms… The other component is or are the two jalousie leafs which allow certain amount of sunlight and wind, depending on the opening angle. Users also have the choice to open all 4 leafs and have a direct contact between interior and exterior.
Once again, one can see the separation between the rooftop and the walls, if we analyze closely we will understand that this separation allows the hot air (wich is lighter than cold air) to raise and escape through the divisions, since hot air is coming out through the top, cold air is being pulled inside through the windows and doors. This creates a great airflow since it circulates by nature.
This is the so called Coandă effect.
If we look at this image again, we will appreciate most of the features that traditional dominican homes share with this re-interpretation of what it could be if we apply contemporary architecture.
Oh! one more thing, the rooftop may look flat, but it’s actually divided into four parts, all inclined towards the center to direct rainwater into a center pipe, passing through filters and collecting it in a cistern. Besides having solar electric panels and solar water heaters…
Well friends, this is all about this post and thanks for spending time reading it and learning from it!