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Indiana Sarubi designs Casa La Arbolada in La Paz, Entre Ríos, Argentina

Project name:
Casa La Arbolada
Architecture firm:
Arquitecta Indiana Sarubi
La Paz, Entre Ríos, Argentina
Ramiro Sosa
Principal architect:
Indiana Sarubi
Design team:
Alejandro Tedesco (Architect). Thermal insulation: Celulosa Proyectada CELULOSA PRO LITORAL. Air conditioning: Baxi boiler with radiant floor system. Confort Ingenieria. Openings: Lues. Floors: Porcelanato Tendenzza / Cermicos San Lorenzo. Coating: Microcemento Recuplast / La Fresca Viruta Pintureria / Piu Ceramicos. Faucets: FV. Sanitary: Ferrum S.A. / Deca
Interior design:
Built area:
Covered area: 137 m². Semi-covered area: 35 m²
Site area:
Design year:
Completion year:
Civil engineer:
Structural engineer:
Gustavo Barolin
Environmental & MEP:
Tools used:
Wood, glass, metal
Residential › House

Indiana Sarubi: In the first visit to the land, with the first look, the design premise of this new project was clear. Nature in its best expression and respect for it. On the adjoining land, a gallery forest, a protected area, maintained the essence of the place. How to ignore all the strength and energy that was lived there? The leading role here is shared, nature itself and the work built and designed from it. There is no attempt to stand out, but rather to coexist, always remembering the value of each part, in constant contemplation and gaze towards the remaining trees.

Thus, this work was designed based on the guidelines that the land and its surroundings provided, it is a work that tries to ask the natural terrain for permission to stand on it with the least possible impact of transformation. It rests gently on various contact points allowing the ground to pass under the house following its course as naturally as possible. However, by the simple fact of respectfully placing oneself in it, it generates a change in the landscape itself, while nature, with its constant mutations, also constantly modifies the work itself. Here is born the first reciprocal relationship of the work with its environment.

Respect, Memory, are words that come up constantly when talking about the work. It is an architecture loaded with content, with meanings, which are transmitted from elements that refer to the very essence of the place as well as the people who inhabit it. Ceramics, screens, armchairs, full of history that make one look infinitely back to identity, to his legacy, to what made us who we are.

This work can be read from polarities such as the fluidity-experimentation pair. The back and forth relationship between the interior and the exterior, as well as the feeling within the refuge of being immersed in nature, are the basis of this project. All the time user experimentation is sought as well as the perception of spatial warmth when viewing the wooded landscape from within. It is a house that despite being in the middle of the city, generates in the viewer the sensation of being immersed in the forest.

It is a work designed from tectonics, at various points, such as the cantilever over the ditch, which in addition to revealing the structural and construction technique, allows a new way of perceiving nature itself as well as connecting with it. Another aspect that denotes the tectonics of this work is the dematerialization of the limits, which achieves a constant communication between the natural and the environment with the shelter and the construction.

As for the morphology of the house, it is proposed from two volumes that are connected in the two meters wide that the corridor has. On the one hand, the social sector, with an environment that integrates kitchen, dining room and living room, spacious and glazed from floor to ceiling, where the link of reversibility with the exterior space stands out. It is marked by two planes, the exposed concrete floor, which is detached from the natural terrain, and the ceiling, which with its wooden ceiling clearly marks its slope. Both separated by large windows that unite them while dematerializing the envelopes and creating a porous space. The gallery that surrounds this volume works as an intermediate, hybrid space that allows the constant exchange between being outside and being inside, or both, while analyzing it from the technique makes these planes stand out and stand out. But it is not a minor detail, that this gallery works as a constructive tool for protection against the weather.

On the other hand, we have a more compact volume, with rooms with a more private character. It is composed of three bedrooms, one of them en suite. In all environments you can see large windows that generate well-lit spaces open to nature. On the outside, this union between the two volumes is partially dematerialized thanks to two glass slits on each side of the corridor that vanishes that union.

Regarding the construction, in the private volume a system of cellular concrete bricks was used, in order to have better thermal insulation. The entire house has projected cellulose thermal insulation, considered an option that seeks an ecological environmental balance both from its raw material and from the good insulation it generates. The openings have double hermetic glass, and the vast majority of them have an A30new aluminum line, so that the work reaches the best level of energy efficiency despite the large amount of glass envelope it has. For this reason the gallery and the eaves once again play a very important active role.

By Naser Nader Ibrahim

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