Since 2012, architects Edgar Mazo and Sebastian Mejia have been working together as the architectural studio Connatural. One of their most recent projects is the ‘Garden House’ in Columbia, a 550 meter square property completed in 2017.
Connatural explain that their work “explores the dynamic relationship between landscape, architecture and urbanism.” Situated in the mountainous Antioquia province of Medellin, ‘Garden House’ embraces these intersections, with the building structured around a series of garden and patio spaces. Mazo and Mejia have created numerous panoramic walkways and windows, enabling residents to look inwards as much as outwards. The interior complements and imitates the lush surrounding environment, enhanced through the use of natural light wood panelling and an abundance of plants, greenery and large rocks throughout. A rectangular pool extends from the open plan interior to outside the building, creating a mirrored surface that reflects natural light inside. Like other houses in the area, ‘Garden House’ follows the natural elevation of the landscape, creating a multi-layered and asymmetrical structure that embraces Medellin’s mountainous terrain.