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Landscape Viewpoint House, Alta Gracia, Argentina by AP arquitectos

Project name:
Landscape Viewpoint House (Casa mirador del Paisaje)
Architecture firm:
AP arquitectos
Alta Gracia, Province of Córdoba, Argentina
Gonzalo Viramonte
Principal architect:
Altamira M. Laura, Paschetta Aldo
Design team:
Interior design:
Built area:
303 m²
Site area:
2141 m²
Design year:
Completion year:
Civil engineer:
Structural engineer:
Bonafe Marcelo
Environmental & MEP:
AP arquitectos
Tools used:
Brick, concrete, glass, wood, stone
Residential › House

AP arquitectos: Intended for temporary rental, this dwelling is located in the province of Córdoba, within a gated community in the city of Alta Gracia, in the Paravachasca Valley. Surrounding low hills, native flora typical of the mountain forest, a running stream, and the golf course, provide a picturesque description of the neighborhood. Being found in the highest section of the subdivision, the site is closer to the hills and the stream. Two thousand square meters in size, with a slope of seven meters in a north-south direction and irregular in shape, the lot welcomes the architecture, which adjusts according to the slope, without interrupting the views from the entrance.

The functions are resolved through a simple volumetric design materialized in two planes, a sloped plane, with a lightweight structure opening towards the hills; and another one made of a single material, smooth concrete. Both planes overhang towards the slope allowing the house to cantilever over the treetops and approach the sound of the stream. This rectangular single-story residence, situated in a north-south direction, measuring 9 meters wide by 30 meters in length, with a straightforward program, is organized around an axis of linear circulation accessed via a descending ramp.

From inside the house, we are greeted by a breathtaking landscape of hills, pastures, and low vegetation. A stone wall, with horizontal fenestration, encloses the service area; allowing the gallery, living room,dining room and bedrooms to face the best views. This façade is resolved through large glazed panels. The construction system used is traditional ceramic brick masonry, with a light metal roof structure consisting mainly of two parallel W-profiles, Durlock ceiling, and kiri wood for cantilevers and the gallery. Some surfaces were finished with exposed concrete and others were clad with local stone.

By Liliana Alvarez

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