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.
Techos House in Patagonia, Argentina by Mathias Klotz
May 28th, 2013 by Sumit Singhal
Article source: Mathias Klotz
The “Techos” house is a vacation home located on the shores of the Nahuelhuapi Lake of south Argentina and close by to the town of Villa la Angostura. The site is in the forest of trees dating back 200 years and arriving up to the edge of the lake.
One of the design problems was how to comply with a local ordinance stating that all roofs must have a minimum slope of 26 degrees while allowing sun to enter the building and creating views of both the forest and the lake from the interior.
The program is resolved in two plans by locating the family program on the principal level and leaving the spaces for visitors and services as a sort of base level.The subject of the roof resulted in a series of smaller roofs that comply with the rule while also drawing in sun to each space.
The views open to both the lake and the forest with the strategy of a double cell in the middle of a generous central circulation which distributes lengthwise a succession of patios to the spaces that are located at both ends. The pool sits to the extreme east of the main level in order to guarantee sunlight and views.
At the project’s point of access house the guard house (“Techitos” house) was made as a prototype of the main house in order to solve aspects of construction in a 1:1 model.The material consists of concrete, wood, and copper in a method to integrate the architecture with the context.
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