Architects: RDR Arquitectos
Location: José Ignacio, Uruguay
Team: Ignacio Dahl Rocha, Bruno Emmer, Susana Barra, Nicolas Adrien, Ovidio Lagos
Area: 900.0 m2
Photography: Cristóbal Palma / Estudio Palma
From the architect. The house is located next to the sea in a privileged lot on a gentle beach, Jose Ignacio. The site has a moderate slope towards the sea and its main views are towards the west and the sunset. On one of its sides, towards the south, is one of the main access streets to the beach, very busy during the summer.
The program is a single family vacation home with continuous use during the summer, and occasional use during the winter. It is designed almost entirely in a single floor that terraces slightly following the natural slope of the terrain.
The house is formed by a series of stone wall pavilions, separated by courtyards and covered by a large slab. This roof garden is a strong horizontal gesture that relates the house with the sunset on the ocean horizon. Both elements define the social area of the house as a sequence of exterior, interior, and semi-covered spaces that interrelate creating various conditions adapted to the climate variables of the site. The large sliding windows turn the house into a great exterior, shaded space during the summer.
The house is consolidated on the south elevation, where the service functions are protected from the wind and from the access street to the beach. The tower on the corner defines its inconspicuous presence in the landscape of the town of Jose Ignacio.