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SAN JOSE

Terrace house

11   /   06   /   2023

The open terrace is used partly to make a studio apartment equipped with a living - dining - sleeping space, pantry and bathroom. The rest of the terrace is used for growing plants and to make spaces for leisure. 

The studio apartment is made using an off-centre sloping roof with the shorter slope facing north for skylight and the longer side facing south for solar panels. The eastern part opens to the terrace with folding glass panels along the facade and pergolas to break the direct sun light. The west facade is a solid brick wall to prevent direct heating of the apartment. 

The plan of the apartment is fairly simple open plan with the entry juxtaposed with the pantry, small dining space under the mezzanine floor with the bed accessible from a compact staircase and a living space with sofa to lounge on. The mezzanine floor is placed keeping the off-centre slope in mind and the mezzanine opens out to the terrace through a balcony.