Location: Rosario, Argentina

Site size: 2,000 square feet

Project size: 2,150 square feet

Program:  Piaggio House is the renovation of a two-story, single-family 1960s residence on a tight site in Rosario, Argentina, about a four-hour drive northwest of Buenos Aires. The house, adjacent to the Parana riverfront, was designed for a couple that seeks privacy in outdoor living. In response to the client’s request for security features typical of this urban neighborhood, the Los Angeles firm, Spinagu, subtly incorporated fences, gates, and window grates into its design.

Solution: The long, narrow lot convinced the architects to create an inward-turning plan. Rooms on the ground floor are organized so that one flows into another, from the entrance on the street to the veranda at the rear. Staggered, recessed windows make the house’s two-story elevation appear to be four levels.

Construction and materials: The exterior is composed of white stucco over masonry walls. Cement-grey ceramic tiles cover the floors, and the house’s kitchen and bathrooms are clad in grey-veined, white Carrara marble.

Contact name and phone: Maxi Spina +1 (609) 519-1024

Additional Information

Completion date: January 2019

Total project cost: $180,000

Total construction cost: $163,000

Client: Romina Dezzotti


Architect of record:

Maxi Spina



Spinagu 970 N Broadway Ave, Suite 206 Los Angeles, CA 90012 +1 (213) 372-5006


Personnel in architect’s firm who should receive special credit:

Maxi Spina, Intl. Assoc., AIA (Partner in charge and Project Architect)

Jia Gu (Partner in charge)

Rishab Jain, Nancy Ai, Vincent Yung, Ryan Farnam (Project Team)


Electrical engineer:

Osvaldo Cichirillo


General contractor:

Walter Bilotti



Javier Agustín Rojas



Lighting: Huup Iluminación, SIRC Iluminación y Electricidad

Zoning Facilitator & City Ordinance Consultant: Oscar Coniglio



Exterior cladding

Metal panels: Fabián Aimino



Security devices: Fabián Aimino


Heating and Cooling

MAERS, Aire Acondicionado y Calefacción


Shades and Blinds

Rosario Cortinas y Sistemas



Manasseri Depetris