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Sumit Singhal
Sumit Singhal
Sumit Singhal loves modern architecture. He comes from a family of builders who have built more than 20 projects in the last ten years near Delhi in India. He has recently started writing about the architectural projects that catch his imagination.

Casa Vlady, House Refurbishment in Buenos Aires, Argentina by BVW Arquitectos

July 15th, 2011 by Sumit Singhal

Article source: BVW Arquitectos

Our friend and client found this old house in the district of Palermo in Buenos Aires. The house had potential. However, it was in need of a complete restoration: several insensitive interventions throughout the years had caused damage to the original profile, making it gloomy and desolated.

Image Courtesy Lula Bauer

  • Architects: BVW Arquitectos
  • Project: Casa Vlady, House Refurbishment
  • Location: Buenos Aires, Argentina
  • Project Area: 156 sqm
  • Project Year: 2009/2010
  • Photographs: Lula Bauer / BVW Arquitectos
  • Software used: SketchUp

Image Courtesy Lula Bauer

Our first and almost unique decision was to hollow out the house. This would allow the light to come in as far and deep as possible. Thus, removing the many alien elements was a priority. The low suspended ceilings, the obsolete metal windows, the precarious patio roofing and the khaki carpets that covered the otherwise gorgeous floors had to go. Furthermore, the interior walls and the facades enclosing the patio were demolished.

Image Courtesy Lula Bauer

As a result, within the first weeks of labor, the house was entirely reborn: it had opened up and was now breathing in air, light and space.

Image Courtesy Lula Bauer

Huge wood windows now protect the rediscovered interior, bringing back the quality and warmth of traditional materials, whilst letting light find its path unhindered.

Image Courtesy Lula Bauer

The big opened space that resulted inside is divided in two (living-public/sleeping-private) by a singular low-rise piece: the toilette. Natural light illuminates it during the day and, at night, when the lights are switched on, the restroom becomes a mysteriously volumetric lamp.


The terrace, previously almost empty, was subject to major transformation. It now holds a studio and a small home cinema, along with a broad green roof and a swimming pool that spans the whole width of the house.


The only parts of the house that had remained unadulterated through the years were the patio and the street facade. Nothing was done to these, so as to conserve the pregnant illusion of a mythical past inhabiting the contemporary.

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