House in Mar Azul
Architects:I. Montaldo, D. Antonietti, E. Ottolenghi
Location: Mar Azul, Bs. As., Argentina
Built Area: 180m2
This house is located in Mar Azul, Province of Buenos Aires, on a 600m2 plot at the seaside, with parts of the same on the dunes and the rough slope leading to the forest. The project was developed having in mind the least possible effect on the landscape, by means of conceiving the house, as a finished object in itself , perched on the site, maintaining natural vegetation of the dunes in the area. The house of approximately 180m2 comprises three floors, in a prismatic volume of 4 x 15 x 9 mts., which is permeated in order to generate a void, that makes room for two staggered terraces. They work as an extension of the living-room and the master bedroom. They solve a contradiction between the good orientation to the sunlight in the afternoon, coming from the West, and the view of the ocean. The deck becomes a solarium-gazebo, from which there is a view of Villa Gessell City and the flashes of Querandi light-house. The project starts in March of 2001 and, after going through several building solutions, it is resolved in dry precast construction to reduce construction time. This was done in a workshop located in Batan, Province of Buenos Aires, (some 100km from the site.) The construction starts in mid October and by December 15th, 200,1 the home assembling is done on site, where the H°A° foundations have already been built. The building is assembled from seven space modules and two closing panels for the terrace. Each one of these modules are three-dimensional structures, formed by columns with square-section corners of 122mm., made of zinc-iron, support and secondary beams and galvanized steel bars, linked with phenolic plates in walls, and roofs and cement plates in floors. The house external facade is made of cement plates, and the internal one of plaster drywall. A deck floor is assembled on the sloping deck, to allow the use of the deck and also to contribute to thermal insulation.