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House No7 by Estudio and Natalia Heredia, Colombia

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This amazing space is located in the far reaches of Colombia. Yes, Pablo Escobar land. The house is set in the surroundings of the town of Villeta, 1.5 hours to the west of Bogotá; at 967 meters above sea level, with a predominantly hot and dry weather all year round. The space opens towards the mountains and including 3 rooms, studio, service and social areas, a terrace and a swimming pool. The house is oriented north-south, protecting the long/open facades from the sun while taking advantage of the beautiful views towards the mountains and the stream. With the environment at heart, the house recycles rain water for vegetation and has a solar panel heating system for the water in the swimming pool. Construction materials are mostly local and natural (stone, renewable timber and concrete) and the construction was developed using local workforce. When the residents are away, the place can be completely locked up to avoid unwanted guests.

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