Located next to its namesake in Monteria, Colombia, the third largest river in the Caribbean Region, the Sinu River house is a model of architectural finesse and convenience. Designed for a family and conceived as a home, it was designed to meet the needs of both leisure and comfort. Antonio Sofan, the architect behind this gorgeous house, chose to situate it in the Sinu Valley so that the beauty surrounding the house accentuates the external aesthetics and even provides a world class view of the Sinu River, just flowing a few feet away from the place. The design concept consists of two cubic elements to which an extraction process is applied at the corners.
The white cubes are connected by the access and the subtraction reveals blue glass mosaic beauty lining the structure and enhancing the volumes. The outdoor eaves exposed through the extractions act as a terraced shade that surrounds the entire perimeter of the house. All this is done with the thought of providing a balance between a livable space that at the same time proved to be a visually pleasing structure. The house is a palette of blue and white, reminiscent of the detail of the river it’s named after. The design accommodates the house in the warm climate by providing a quality ventilation system to counter the high temperature of northwestern Colombia.
The strategically located inlets and outlets that surround the pool which is located along the width of the house help to counter the warm breeze that comes from the river and provide a cool airflow into and around the house. As spectacular as the outside is, the interior is not one to be overshadowed. High, spacious walls support windows and doors that are low rise in order to control sun intake and make mornings a subliminal experience.
Keeping in tune with the blue theme, there are a few elements in the house that cover the inside in a subtly graceful blue-ish tint, always reminding you of the external grace of the Sinu River house. The high functioning washroom and kitchen tops borrow liberally from the soft palette and never let you forget the privilege of the almost aquatic beauty that coats the house.
A final round around the house and surrounding territories will simply remind you of how well the interior gels with the exterior, and how creative and unique Antonio Sofan’s blue architectural masterpiece is.