Argentina 2016. Besonias Almeida Arquitectos designed the S&S family house on Costa Esmeralda, a private venture on the dunes of the coast of Buenos Aires province. The wood and concrete project merges respectfully into a natural environment. A forest of acacias and pine trees protects it by the sun and the winds.
The summerhouse was designed for a family with three kids. All the rooms had to be developed on one level. A concrete pergola welcomes guests to the main concrete building nesting an open air courtyard that divides the project in two different sections.
The social area includes a living room and a kitchen overlooking the courtyard thanks to a floor to ceiling glass wall. The other section hosts bedrooms and bathrooms. The whole project provides a view on the surrounding nature.
An outdoor expansion allows the enjoyment of the forest. Fundamental request from the client as to combine austerity and low maintenance plus generous space to develop common activities.
The most private sector of the house is located in the front and it is protected from the sun and from the street views by a structure of Quebracho sleepers, placed upright and with a random rhythm.
The social sector and the terrace expansion are located in direct relation to the trees that occupies the entire back of the lot, but also in contact with the entrance courtyard. This space becomes protagonist of the proposal for its strategic location. The pergola adds a spatial richness thanks to sets of lights and shadows created by the sun’s path throughout the day.
All photos by Gustavo Sosa Pinilla – Courtesy of Besonias Almeida Arquitectos.