House in the Heights
We won a contest by walkover. The client, a young lawyer and art and design fan, asked three architects for blueprints for a house within a 30-hectare property. We were the first to propose something, and since he found what he was looking for, he continued to work with us.
The site, a series of hills located near the town of San Bernardino, has a very rocky ground, with lots of coconut trees. We agreed that the house should contrast with this fantastic and somewhat arid environment.
This idea was reinforced when adapting it to the client’s intention, which was leaning towards an American-style barn. It resulted in a red point contrasting with the surrounding and complementing green, like an art piece on display at a museum.
The house’s white interior is perfect for the owner to place his art collection, as it is for incorporating the noble material finishing, such as wood, marble, and brick details, thus harmonizing rusticity and sophistication.
The house is placed on a slope, semi-burying a stone volume which houses the bedrooms, with a broad terrace on top that allows for fantastic views. Another volume, barn-shaped was placed superposed and perpendicular to the first, serving to house the social area. It was de-materialized with the incorporation of a pergola, which not only makes the structure lighter, but also protects the windows that face the view from the western sun. The space created between both volumes creates a courtyard, with an infinity pool that faces the natural surroundings.
What we like the most is that it was thought for our way of life: a large kitchen incorporated to the living and dining room creates a social space that is easy to use, and also faces the view. The main bedroom area with a spacious bathroom and direct access to the exterior and the pool; and a quincho with many different grilling options, as well as a deck and fireplace.
Year of project: 2015
Year of construction: 2017
Construction area: 380 m2
Construction: Acciona Constructora
Collaborators: Architects Sanie Sisa, Giselle Montanholi and Andrés Benegas
Location: San Bernardino, Paraguay