El Caparazón House & Workshop

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4 min readNov 17, 2021

A short review of a house in Paraguay —

Photographer: Leonardo Méndez // Source

The first thing that stood out for me in this project, beyond its beautiful vaulted space, is the following excerpt from the architects:

When a project is conceived in terms of dreams, desires, sensations, and magic, the architectural response turns more towards the materialization of spatial ideas than towards a real estate service. — Grupo Culata Jovái, Tekoha Arquitectos

This is so amazing. Architecture has been reduced to the imperatives of the overtly greedy. In Academia some might say that those are “buildings” and not “architecture. In my youth I was mesmerized by this distinction, but after working in the field for both developer and private patron — this distinction is a cop out. Now that is my spicy opinion, but it is substantiated by this project, and that is one of the main reasons I wanted to share.

Photographer: Leonardo Méndez // Source

The architects describe themselves as:

We understand ourselves as “people who make things” — it is not necessary to label ourselves as architects or builders. For the sake of bureaucracy, it is necessary to label oneself as a professional architect, to be authorized by the…

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