We Design and Build

In pursuit of beauty to enrich life

Ivory Coast

Mushroom structures blurring indoor and outdoor, nature and artifice

Our first project in Africa! Some premises when we started: shading, local materials and craftsmanship, natural cross ventilation, and social gathering versus privacy. With that in mind, concrete mushroom structures were the perfect solution we found for this project. The big structures with minimal support achieved the sun protection and temperature control the site required and ensured plan freedom for activities and furniture placement. The result is a fun but peaceful design that blurs the boundary between structure and architecture, indoor and outdoor, and contemporary and timeless design.

Pablo Zarama- Victor Ortiz 

Structural Engineer: FM Enterprises @fmalawar

Local Architecture: Atelier TOUMA

Casa la Reserva

La Calera, Colombia

The journey and the landscape
The monolith, as an allegorical image of hot coal, was perforated or fractured to reveal the home’s warmth. Moreover, these perforations are related to the landscape and each manage to, through different strategies, highlight the natural surroundings.

Andrés Ortiz - Pablo Zarama 
RIR arquitectos
Juan Pablo Gutierrez

Carpinteria, California

Nestled within a circular patio, this unique living space offers a remarkable integration of outdoor and indoor living, creating a haven of tranquility and style

Our latest ADU project seamlessly blends contemporary design with tradition, creating a harmonious living space within a circular patio. The key feature is a semicircular cutout that maximizes natural light, fostering an airy and spacious atmosphere. Exposed wood beams in the interior add a rustic yet modern charm, creating a cozy environment. A central firepit in the heart of the patio serves as a gathering point, casting a comforting glow during evenings.

Thoughtful layout integrates living, dining, and relaxation spaces, connected by radiant energy from the patio. Sustainability is a priority, with energy-efficient features and eco-friendly materials. This ADU redefines the concept by bridging indoor and outdoor spaces, offering a unique and harmonious living experience that transcends size limitations

Pablo Zarama
Catch Architecture

Girardot, Colombia

(Surprising) modularity
The project complexes the use of a repetitive module to achieve variety and uniqueness. Surprises and singularity were achieved with a radial array of the room’s module. By breaking the linearity, the project generates a journey escorted by lights, shadows, and vegetation encouraging the user to walk through the entire building. Modular concrete formwork were used to harmonize architecture and technique, structure and space. Consequently, the biggest challenge of the project was to reconcile technical and spatial dualities: heavy vs. light, modular vs. singular, tradition vs. innovation. The final material selection assures the longevity and timelessness of the building. Architecture is thus a silent observer of human activity and the passage of time.

Fernando Zarama- Pablo Zarama- Karen Bello- 
Constructora Obreval