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S&S House in Buenos Aires, Argentina by Besonias Almeida arquitectos
June 13th, 2017 by Sumit Singhal
Article source: Besonias Almeida arquitectos
Costa Esmeralda is a private venture on the dunes of the coast of Buenos Aires, 390 km from the city of Buenos Aires. This is a recent development with a young acacia and pine trees afforestation with a few consolidated forest sectors.
The lot to intervene is located in a dune with a gentle slope to the street and a greater slope towards the bottom. This area also has an abundance of trees of young maritime pines. So that, if the vegetation is preserved, anything built in the rest of the lot will be exposed to intense sun and coastal winds.
The request was a house with an aesthetic-constructive proposal similar to those built in the forest of Mar Azul, valued according to the principals both for its formal austerity and the low maintenance required.
The house would be inhabited mainly in the summer by a family with three children of different ages. It should have a generous space to develop common activities, with a kitchen visually integrated to it, and an outdoor expansion that would allow the enjoyment of the forest. It had to have three bedrooms, one with private bathroom and dressing room and the other two ready to receive eventual guests. All the rooms had to be developed on one level.
The house appears as a single volume pierced by a courtyard that actually hides an organization into two distinct sectors by its use and, to accommodate to the dune, they are placed with a difference of 0.45 m concealed abroad at the height of the perimeter beams. These two sectors are connected by a smooth ramp that crosses the divide and by a concrete pergola with a strong presence.
The most private sector of the house is located in the front that is protected from the NW sun and from the street views by a structure of Quebracho sleepers, placed upright and with a random rhythm. The social sector and the terrace expansion are located in direct relation to the trees that occupies the entire back of the lot, but also in contact with the entrance courtyard. This space becomes protagonist of the proposal for its strategic location and the spatial richness that adds the pergola with different sets of lights and shadows that the sun’s path generates throughout the day.
BESONÍAS ALMEIDA arquitectos is an architecture studio integrated by Argentinian architects María Victoria Besonias and Guillermo de Almeida. They both are engaged in the profession independently since 1975 and as holders of BAKarquitectos architecture office from 2000 until its dissolution.
MARÍA VICTORIA BESONÍAS was born on October 18th, 1947 in Madrid, Spain. She earned a degree in Architecture and Urbanism from University of Buenos Aires in 1975, is a lecturer at FADU, the University of Buenos Aires and a member of the jury’s panel of FADEA (Federación Argentina de Entidades de Arquitectura). She serves as an advisor on urban issues and as a judge for architecture competitions. In 2012 has been honored by the Senators Chamber of the Province of Buenos Aires with the Trajectory and Merit Award.
GUILLERMO DE ALMEIDA was born on November 12th, 1945 in Buenos Aires. He earned a degree in Architecture and Urbanism from the University of Buenos Aires in 1975. He taught architecture at the University of Buenos Aires and the University of Morón. He is a member of the College of Buenos Aires High Council of Architecture and their jury’s panel. Guillermo was a guest lecturer at Brasilia’s 2006 biennial. He participated in the 2007 CPAU young lecturers’ series, the 2008 Architects’ College of Carlos Paz Conference and the 2008 Commune of Cabalango Conference. He was also a guest at the 2008 Devolution Conference, organized by The Architects’ College of Mendoza.
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