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.
MAR Azul House in Buenos Aires, Argentina by BAK arquitectos
April 28th, 2014 by Sumit Singhal
Article source: BAK arquitectos
The search for alternatives would have only three limitations: the work should be of very low impact on the landscape, it would be adjusted to a low budget and its subsequent maintenance should be almost null. With these premises, the house located in an area with 43 pine trees and a gentle slope towards the street, was resolved as a strong prism, free, in minimum height, defined by an exposed concrete enclosure, of texture and color in harmony with the forest, and with large panes of glass to enable full integration with the landscape and, in turn, reflecting it. The complementary functions (auxiliary bath, storage and water tank) were gathered in a vertical wood prism hidden in the trees.
The functional organization
The house does not have a proper access, since you can enter the house through glazed sliding doors located in two of its facades. This special way of entrance, together with a spatial uncertainty of the living area, allows various ways of use. On the other hand, two metal sliding doors close securely this flexible use place, when required, from the rest of the rooms.
The structural solution
Furthermore, the expressive quality of concrete and its resistance and impermeability, made superfluous any type of surface finish. It achieves a low cost of execution at finishing and needless future maintenance, since the finishing of the inner and outer concrete was only a manual hand sanding to remove the execution adherences.
On the other hand, the color and texture of exposed concrete made with formwork boards is a strong and discreet presence at once, allowing the work to be expressed in harmony with the forest. Internal partitions are of bricks plastered and painted with white latex, the floor is of cement smoothing and the encounter between the two was solved with a recessed aluminum profile, as plinth. The concrete screed is divided by plates of aluminum in sections of 3.10 m x 3.10m (guide module) and the glazed sector ends together with openings of anodized aluminum with a gutter (also aluminum) to receive water condensation which will occur when the house gets warm in winter because, due to budget reasons, glass with air chamber is not used.
The light treatment
These deep cuts, which are accompanied by concrete hanging flaps of inverted beams, produce lighting effects that vary during the day, both in the bathroom and in the living area. Regarding the artificial light was sought to emphasize the indeterminacy of the main area of the house with light fixtures that varies the light direction and light intensity. The control of light and visuals from the outside was resolved with black out curtains in the bedrooms and of boile in the glazed area.
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