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miguel duarte
February 19, 2021

This project found us focused on freedom, understanding it in direct relation to limits. When Sergio, a road engineer contacted us to design his house, the main element to develop was the full relationship with the terrain and the first almost instinctive thought was the desire to fly.
The wilbur and orville wright brothers established that new and subtle relationship with the soil that to this day attributes gravity the greatest challenge within the material call that concludes a construction.

A lightweight ceramic screen organizes the visuals by establishing a subtle veil between the kitchen and the entire ground floor area.

*1. That he has the capacity to imagine or invent things combining with intelligence and skill the knowledge he possesses and the means at his disposal.
2. Which has been created by man with ingenuity.

The module of the spans is given by volumes of 7x7x2.80 meters, in both cases, longitudinal to the ground. While the main body, transverse to it, has 15x7x2.8 meters
In this way, at the intersection of both, the void also occupies the 7x7-meter module but with triple free height, capable of housing an interior garden with a pink lapacho inside.
This creates a structural dilemma. To sustain this cantilever system with a relationship of 14 meters between suspended area and only 7 meters of supported area, a constant tension system was necessary in the upper beams (post-tensioned with a total length of 21 meters). From these upper beams, by means of rigid tensioners, the slabs corresponding to the bedroom spaces of both the children and the parents' suite are slightly supported.
At a total of 154m2 of the upper floor, taking as a reference 4,000 kilos of own weight per m2, we speak of 616,000 kg. Distributed in 4 pairs of pillars of 0.22x0.80 meters, maximum freedom with minimum occupation.

The idea of ​​being suspended in the air has an inexorable duality, the first being that intricate system of particularities that organizes, directs, mechanizes forces and the second, articulates said mechanism in its relationship with the ground, the landing. Starting from that reasoning, we summon matter generating an absolutely ingenious system *. With four central pillars we define two elements, a main body of greater volume and a transverse one in the form of wings with a controlled span. The particularity of the system is in the position of intersection between both blocks that is emptied allowing a vertical space that builds the relationship interior Exterior.

A house that is apparently closed internally materializes in absolute visual and spatial relationship, multiplying perceptions and literally erasing the pre-established limits.
Perhaps inhabiting the air can also be a solution to generate as much permeable soil as possible, and this allows the creation of a diverse garden that will complete the idea of ​​the original project.
Only the passage of time will show us the reality.
We are convinced that the result will be positive.


Founded by Larissa Rojas and Miguel Duarte, it explores various scales of knowledge from architecture and collaborates multidisciplinary in the construction of a common horizon of disciplinary projection from Luque, Paraguay.

It develops its activity in three complementary axes.
Study of design, project and construction where specific questions of the discipline are investigated and experienced, the academy where it stimulates curiosity and the emphasis of human formation in the application of reason and finally collaborations, where it establishes pertinent reflections, participation in national and international competences fostering opportunities for action on the real and the ideal.


Iakov Chernikhov Prize. 2010. Moscow. Russia.
Panamerican Architecture Biennial. 2010. Medellin. Colombia.
XVII Quito Architecture Biennial. 2010. Quito. Ecuador. Catalogue.
XIX Quito Architecture Biennial. 2014. Quito. Ecuador. Catalogue.
Biennale Di Venezia 2014. Venice. Italy. Sample Paraguayan Architecture.
International Biennial of Art. 2017. Asuncion. Paraguay. General sample.
National Development Bank. 2018. National Competition. First prize. Assumption. Paraguay.
XX Quito Architecture Biennial. 2018. Quito. Ecuador. Finalist.
XI Ibero-American Biennial of Architecture and Urbanism. 2019. Panorama Of Works. Assumption. Paraguay.
XXI Quito Architecture Biennial. 2020. Quito. Ecuador. Finalist.
XIV Biennial of Bolivian Architecture. 2020. La Paz. Bolivia. Honorable Mention.

In 2019 he is part of the 14 teams selected to work in the XI BIAU aî paragua and to be developed for the first time in Asuncion.

TDA® is a founding member of the aquaalta collective with which it actively collaborates.

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