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La Caleta, Buenos Aires


The permanent residence is located in La Caleta, a coastal park neighborhood 25 kilometers north of the city of Mar del Plata. 

The premise is to take advantage of the relationship with the privileged environment, making the views the main focus of the project. Analyzing how the landscape is perceived from the house and how it is observed from the park is one of the requirements defined by the studio. 



To meet the evolving needs of a young family, the house was designed to be constructed in two phases. The stagability of the residence was carefully planned so that the ground floor (first stage) functions independently of any future expansion. Thus, any expansion work would not disrupt the occupants' daily lives. The second phase was funded through a Procrear Credit.



Based on these premises, a house composed of two pure rectangular prisms that overlap, generating an "L" shape was designed. Maximizing the green landscape and sunlight in the public areas of the house. 

The first stage contains, on one side, the social areas of the house; living room, kitchen, and dining room, all with direct access to the park through large floor-to-ceiling windows and intermediate spaces between the house and the garden such as the semi-covered area that ensures continuity between the kitchen, the barbecue area, and the park. It also includes a bedroom that will later be converted into a study, a bathroom, and a laundry room.

In a second stage, a vertical circulation volume - glassed entrance hall - and a crossed rectangular prism on the upper floor are added, consisting of bedrooms and a bathroom. The "L" shaped intersection of both volumes allows for a semi-covered entrance and parking for two cars, as well as a terrace on the upper floor. 



The depth of the facade allows for controlling the entry of sunlight into each room. Filtering it - restricting it on the most exposed facades and allowing its access on the southeast-southwest facades. 

The varied projections, deep eaves, and flared openings underscore the facade's thickness and serve as frames, framing the landscape from within the house. This effect is heightened by the contrast between the depth of the white walls and the slender black carpentry.


Pproject details:

Date: 2012-2015 

Covered area: 140 m2 

Semi-covered area: 50 m2 

Photographer: Ramiro Sosa

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