Site size: 13,000 square feet
Project size: 2,700 square feet
Program: The summer house is a single family dwelling with four bedrooms and three bathrooms.
Location: Punta del Este, Uruguay
Solution: The view from the house’s beachfront site expands the boundaries of perception. The design minimizes the distinctions between private and public, open and enclosed. Conceived as a protected yet transparent space, submissive to the view in front of it, the house features two large curved walls, which conceal the bedrooms and bathrooms while creating a gradual opening of vision as one emerges in the morning, when the eastern light filters in. There was a deliberate effort not to propose a complex formal massing, but rather to provide a large “frame” to loosely host the users within the domestic zones for cooking, eating, and reading.
Construction and materials: To avoid excessive maintenance due to the house’s proximity to the ocean, the residence was built with cast-in-place concrete slabs for the floor and roof. The walls are masonry with stucco, while the rest is glass.
Completion date: August 2017
Gross square footage: 2,700 square feet
Total project cost: withheld
Architect of record:
Phil Shinn, Structural Engineer
Paulo Pereira Construcciones
Martin Irazoquimirazoqui.com [+ 598] 93 896 108; Tomas Diago 623 Ap 11 Montevideo, Uruguay
Concrete slab with inverted beams. Bearing walls on the North and steel columns on the South
Masonry: Stucco and paint
Metal panels: Alucobond Exterior door, Aluminios del Uruguay
Metal/glass curtain wall: Aluminios BK, Montevideo
Built-up roofing: Stirofoam insulation and SIKA water roofing membrane
Glass: Aluminum frame with laminated glass
Entrances: Aluminios BK
Wood doors: Alejandro Ibarra
Sliding doors: Alejandro Ibarra
Security devices: Vicar Security
Cabinetwork and custom woodwork: Acher SA.
Floor and wall tile: Bertoni SA
Reception furniture: Majo Izquierdo/Bertoni
Chairs: Eames, Bertoni Design
Tables: Custom design coffee and Dining room table by Adrian Luchini
Interior ambient lighting: Palucco Fortuny Lamp