The house is located in real-estate project of vineyards in the Uco’s Valley, south of the city of Mendoza. It was designed for an Ecuadorian family who plans to spend the harvest season there. At the same site there is also a vineyard with different strains that will produce wine to be aged in the House´s wine cellar.
Castelli owes its appearance to an interpretation of a recent urban regulation proposed for some “corridors streets” of this low-density area.
In a small corner lot of 11.60 x 16.50mts, the block complies with the mandatory street withdrawals and separates from inner limits lots, which give a certain height to take advantage of views of the Setúbal lagoon and the center of the city.
This work is the outcome of a process that began in 2004 with the construction of Besonias and Almeida Architects Summer House in the forest of Mar Azul.
The purpose was to do an intervention in a place of significant landscape value, an opportunity to propose alternatives for design and construction, considering caring of the natural environment as a fundamental premise. The answer was the proposal of a minimal architecture both in material and formal resources, not only as an aesthetic choice, but as an ethical principle of valorization of a wiser use of the resources available. This stripped architecture should be incorporated into the landscape with a will of belonging, seeking to join the existing reality.
This work is the result of a process that began in 2004 with the construction of a summer house in the forest of Mar Azul.It was necessary to intervene in a territory of great scenic beauty, owner of a powerful wild presence that is gradually becoming domesticated due to the proliferation of houses with a formal search from bucolic to picturesque which in nothing refers to that environment or to this present .
About 32 years ago, in a visit to my country and my family, and talking to the recognized architect from Córdoba named Togo Díaz, I knew this corridor on sale that was originally a passage to the centre of the block.
Ciudad Casa de Gobierno is a new city hall for Buenos Aires, housing offices for the Mayor and 1,500 employees. Spanning an entire city block in Parque Patricios, the new building contributes to the revitalisation of the neighbourhood and combines an environmentally efficient design with an innovative, highly flexible internal arrangement of terraced office floors.
The project is located in a quiet residential area which still retains and uses the space of the past. Neighbors gather on the sidewalk, get together by block, living outer space. Our goal is focused on reinterpreting and preserve these kind of use.