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House Under The Trees in Nuevo Cuscatlán, El Salvador by Molina Architecture Studio

Project name:
House Under The Trees (Casa bajo los Árboles)
Architecture firm:
Molina Architecture Studio
Nuevo Cuscatlán, El Salvador
Tools used:
Autodesk Autocad, Autodesk Revit, Autodesk 3dsmax, Corona Renderer, Adobe Photoshop, Apple Ipad, Apple Pencil
Principal architect:
Rodrigo Molina
Design team:
Molina Architecture Studio
Built area:
460 m²
Site area:
2800 m²
Design year:
Completion year:
Hyperlight Visuals By Molina Architecture Studio
Concept - Design
Residential › House

Molina Architecture Studio: A house under the trees welcomes you with certain heaviness that makes you feel as if you are entering an enclosed space. Even though it is a closed panorama from the outside, the inside of the piece seeks the light. An internal patio serves as the main articulator for the house. It´s orientation allows an open space that lets air flow through it with cross-ventilation. To fully understand the situation, we have followed an architectural system that allowed us to frame the landscape and dissect space in a way that allowed us to explore and analyze the false dichotomy between interior and exterior, between opened and closed, between nature and artifice.

We respond in a particular way to the problem, program and context. Abstraction gives way to colors. The main pillars of the creative process are site, program and concept.


A very special piece of land located in a private residence in Nuevo Cuscatlán, El Salvador. A big site that to our surprise was home of diverse tree species, some rarer that others. The forest-like sensation was very predominant since the beginning, hence the name of a House under the Trees.
A variety of plants will be kept in the site for it to be incorporated with the landscape design. A truly wonderful place that opened doors for a special project.


A simple program that seeks to reconnect human activities with the natural environment. The site connects to the program and become one, allowing a seamless experience that lets you explore and enjoy being under the trees.


The concept for the house was simple: to let it become an experience itself and become a shelter deeply synced with it´s natural environment. The wind, the sun, the shades of the tree´s leaves casting on the walls, all merging into 1 core experience. The house should allow a sense of well-being, making each space in the house relate to nature in one way or another.


An architectural piece that rests on the land, portraying certain heaviness to it. Once inside, a beautiful internal patio welcomes you and opens up to the back of the site to a forest-like view. The floor extends to the outside, creating a different atmosphere when the glass is open. A very low and elegant yet powerful volume gives birth to ´´The House under the Trees´´ There are certaing places in the house where you can view through the whole house to the end of the site, making the house feel limitless at that moment.

By Liliana Alvarez

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