Article source: NE—AR Nixdorff Etchegorry Architecture Research
The existing summer house was lacking of optimum spatial and functional distribution conditions that could fulfill the needs and the ways that the house was used and experienced: the house was sitting far away from the lake shore neglecting the most privileged views towards the lake and its landscape, while at the same time both neighbor houses at the sides block the vistas towards the lake since their footprints were settled closer to the lake shore. Besides, the interior spaces were characterized by a deep dark dinning/ living area with limited relation to the outside.
The project was designed around a specific design problem: to satisfy functional, aesthetic, and semantic needs.
The house, situated on a 1032 m2 corner lot in the city of Cariló, is lifted above the natural terrain level due to the low height of the terrain and the area’s restrictions on modifying the natural topography. This creates an indirect link -visual rather than functional- between the house and the lot.
The Pampa and the sea are known for being extensive and horizontal landscape whose limits are diluted in the horizon. The house stands in the diffuse border where both landscape interact. Understanding its physical location, the house tries to experiment with both landscapes consequently thinking of a common area with visuals towards both the sea and the Pampa´s landscape. Reinforcing the idea of focusing on both landscapes and considering the needed shelter towards the constant northern winds and southern storms, the interior spaces are organized responding to these conditions. The terrace on the sea side has no roof, in order to capture sunlight and the terrace on the country´s side has one in order to shelter from the sun and area´s dominant winds.
Silvina and Omar’s house used to be one among the typical vernacular models in the metropolitan area of Buenos Aires. Silent as to its urban insertion, simple and compact in its layout on a single level, releasing a portion of the lot to the back, a flat roof directly related to the tops of the neighboring trees and dense vegetation at the back.
Neuquén is a rapidly growing city in the north of Patagonia, Argentina, the provincial capital where more than 15% of the whole population of Patagonia lives. In a low density residential area near the Neuquén river in the homonyms city we can find the United Provinces Neighborhood’s Sports Center projected by the Argentinean architecture studios DeMarchiSalcedo. arqs. + Barigelli & Assoc. A community facility for the district.
The proposal is located in a hilly terrain in a short-dimensions block.
Take on an important main artery of the city, this urban element seeks to connect two non-integrated areas of the district and secure urban spaces for activities and meeting of citizens.
MM The house is located in a private neighborhood in the northern part of the Great Buenos Aires in Argentina, on a plot of 20mts x 50 mts, with direct access to the river.
The surface of the house measures 180m2 covered, with 3 bedrooms and living room with kitchen, ascending to 380m2 in expansive deck surfaces, terraces, barbecue grill, dock, patios, pool and gallery. Compositionally three materials predominate: masonry, wood and concrete together with large windows overlooking the river.
Lord Foster has attended opening celebrations in Buenos Aires today for the new Buenos Aires Ciudad Casa de Gobierno, a sustainable new city hall for the Mayor and 1,500 staff – and the practice’s first civic project in Argentina. Spanning an entire city block in Parque Patricios, the building is a catalyst for the regeneration of the neighbourhood and combines an environmentally efficient design with an innovative, highly flexible internal arrangement of terraced working floors.