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Casa Los Molles, Villa General Belgrano, Córdoba, Argentina by JARQ Studio

Project name:
Casa Los Molles
Architecture firm:
JARQ Studio
Villa General Belgrano, Córdoba, Argentina
Shirley Ferrero, Ana Luz Tavella, Ramiro Sosa
Principal architect:
Javier López Revol, Rocio Ibarra
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Residential › House

JARQ Studio: This project is marked by the challenge of pushing the limits of the local regulations, without the need to cross them, that aim to maintain the image and landscape of a Central European village in the mountains of Córdoba, Argentina. All roofs had to be gabled, with a 30% slope, materialized eaves, etc. “I want a unique house, one that, while staying within the regulations, ensures that this residence does not have the same mold as those next doors", the client said on the first day.

The house is arranged in a "T" shape, where each wing corresponds to a programmatic function with its respective gabled roof. The ridge beams of these roofs converge or emerge like the spokes of a star from a central point in the middle of the dwelling—a column that appears to independently support the entire roof of the structure.

The roof of the dwelling takes center stage and individuality in this project that seeks to accentuate the connection between the parts, the break, and the birth. It aspires to be more than a mere closing element, allowing for spatial differentiation in the residence, playing with scales, and outdoor spaces, marking expansions, entrances, openings, focusing views, and creating privacy. Each element composing this roof is a unique piece, crafted to measure, resulting in an almost artisanal work.

The construction lifts off the ground to create a storage space accessed by a side ramp. A significant portion of the living area is suspended over the front garden, providing an impressive view of Cerro Champaqui from the entire social sector. The interior is a harmonious play of textures and colors, where the warmth of the natural wood ceiling intertwines with the rusticity of black pigmented brick and masonry walls. Large openings frame various segments of the natural landscape, seeking to emphasize the feeling of proximity to the peaceful Cordobese mountain environment.

By Alfredo Gonzalez

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