Rural Module

Sumapaz, Cundinamarca

A rural module for agricultural work in the Sumapaz paramo, which recovers local values and the importance of the origin of water in this area of the country.

Localización: Sumapaz , Cundinamarca | Colombia
Fecha diseño: 2019
Fecha construcción: 2019
Área: 60 m2

Bio-Sustentos Agrarios proposes a set of prototypes raised above the ground, such as agricultural granaries, to isolate them from the soil’s humidity, reduce their footprint and allow the natural course of water by using the foundation of the housing and productive units (in addition to its structural function of bedrock and its inherent adaptability on sloping terrain) to generate a systemic exchange at the bio-energy and technological level that supports the silvicultural and permaculture processes, which are so appropriate for the sustainable development of the territories and the watersheds associated with the Sumapaz paramo. With this exchange (of energy produced, transformed, transferred and consumed), a closed and permanent energy cycle between human beings, the environment and the architectural solution is configured, making habitability in rural lands natural again with a prototype that resembles an organic and circulatory system.


This is how, between the foundations of the basic unit and the ones needed to develop the sustainable ecological farm, a network of circular bio-foundations is proposed, where bioenergetic and thermo-dynamic exchanges take place to support and balance the rural module’s basic unit, which together fulfill the following demands: Cyclic transformation of energy and heat generation to contribute to thermal comfort; adequate management of solid and liquid waste; sustainable water treatment and food production and storage for food self-sufficiency.

The shape of the prototype is based on the archetypal image of the rural house. It consists of a rectangular base and an upper triangular profile that offers protection and shelter from the harshness of a cold and humid climate.  As a volume, a compact form is configured on two levels to reduce its footprint in an ecologically fragile terrain, avoid possible limitations in the extension of the lots or plots, and also seeking an optimal ratio between the largest habitable volume and the least amount of enveloping surface in contact with humidity and outer cold winds, in order to avoid heat loss by radiation and outward convection.