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View House / Johnston MarkLee & Diego Arraigada Arquitecto

  • 01:00 - 16 September, 2009
View House / Johnston MarkLee & Diego Arraigada Arquitecto
View House / Johnston MarkLee & Diego Arraigada Arquitecto

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  • Location

    Rosario, Santa Fe Province, Argentina
  • Architects

    Johnston MarkLee & Diego Arraigada Arquitecto
  • Principals In Charge

    Mark Lee, Diego Arraigada
  • Project Architect

    Sharon Johnston AIA
  • Project Team

    Juliana Esposito, Jeff Adams, Pablo Gamba, Nazarena Infante, Nadia Carassai, Anne Rosenberg, Anton Schneider
  • Structural Engineer

    Ing Gonzalo Garibay
  • Construction

  • Developer

    Lucas Ma (President, Markee LLC)
  • General Contractor

    MECSA, Ing Gustavo Micheletti
  • Materials

    Exposed Concrete, Anodized Aluminum, Plaster, Polished concrete, Polished Terrazzo, Lapacho Hardwood
  • Area

    2113.0 sqm
  • Project Year


From the architect. The View House is designed under conditions generated by both the potential and limitations of large suburban developments. Situated near Rosario on the vast landscape of the Argentine plains, the 3200 sq foot house occupies a 22,750 sq foot parcel. The design is driven by two conflicting desires: engaging the living experience of the house with the views of the surrounding landscape and preserving privacy from neighbors.

Planning demands and the unique position of the peripheral corner lot demanded a specific approach to the massing of the house and its engagement with the landscape. A compact massing strategy with a minimal footprint liberates and preserves the ground, defining a two story structure. By denying the traditional front, side, and rear yard designations, and instead intensifying the facade as a surface that continuously modulates the relationship of interior to exterior, the perception of the house unfolds through a sequence of oblique views where every surface of façade becomes primary.

The formal and tectonic complexity of the house results from the repetition of four basic geometric subtractions from a primitive mass that create a dynamic exterior shape perceived simultaneously as embedded and lofted, cantilevered and slumped. In the interior, these operations define a continuous and modulated space that spirals upwards from the ground level to the roof terrace in a sequence of living areas. The four geometric subtractions have differentiated volumetric impressions on the inside of the house, each of which, together with a contiguous aperture, results in an interior landscape of paired surfaces, views, and lighting effects.

The rotational strategy for the apertures results from the framing of desirable landscape features, the anticipation of neighboring developments and the choreography of internal circulation. The reduction of electric and HVAC demands by facilitating cross ventilation and natural light have also been taken into consideration. Varying in height, orientation, and depth, each framed opening captures a distinct view, providing alternating relationships between interior and exterior. The layering of subtractions and apertures also relates to the tectonic demands of the overall concrete shell. As a culmination of the internal circulation along a path of 360º, a flight of steps leads up to a panoramic roof deck, from which the expansive surrounding landscape can be perceived from a new height.

The rough concrete shell of the house was built using traditional local techniques and its form and finish retain the impression of the means and methods of its construction. In contrast, the interior of the house is smooth and polished in nature. Lightly hued terrazzo floors on the first floor are distinguished from the smooth plaster walls only by a degree of reflectivity and polish. The black window frames punctuate the views and define a contrast with the white interior atmosphere. In more intimate, private spaces, Lapacho wood covers the floors creating a new contrast with the walls and ceilings.

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Erica Riva · October 23, 2010

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Wilfredo Mena, MArch · October 07, 2010

#Cool View House in #Rosario #Argentina #Architecture #Arquitectura

Débora Cerchiara · May 12, 2010
Débora Cerchiara · May 12, 2010

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frank · September 17, 2009

The form, with those heavy-handed curves, is very clumsy. This project would be so much better if it just stuck to right angles. Still, some very nice details..

Als · September 17, 2009

nothing new here to be striking, but still interesting house,

rodney · September 17, 2009


One of my favorites of the past year.

Terry Glenn Phipps · September 17, 2009

Mario Botta meets septic tank.

Vitsee · September 17, 2009

something about it just made me smile.
i like it.

Tee · September 17, 2009

Love it!
Looks like a couple of sketches and ideas I did before;
just worked out really well!:)

valenthinner · September 17, 2009

que bonita!!! unen líneas rectas con curvas de una forma increible, sublime, creando espacios deliciosos.

speedwing · September 17, 2009

Once more a "modern" house with a tiny "maids room" without window and bathroom. I don't think that is either cool nor fantastic.

zigwin · September 17, 2009 01:30 PM

I agree! If that tiny room with a bed signature is meant to house a human being, it diminishes an otherwise fantastic house. Lack of empathy does not fit with good architecture...however beautiful the design may be.

Maldito · September 17, 2009

Al fin una casa en Argentina.

P · September 26, 2009 04:14 AM

Macho, hay muchas casas en Argentina. En la plata tenes una de un tal Corbu. te suena? o de un tal Amancio Williams etc etc.

booyasha · September 17, 2009

Uber cool... I wonder what furniture they are going to put in it.

Jeison · September 16, 2009

Bad football. Good architecture (sorry, couldn´t resist :))

oscar falcón lara · September 16, 2009

Incredibly sculptural and fantastic, I specially like the presentation diagrams where you can see the evolution of the design. The finished house seems to invite admiration and touch, in a sexy surrounding sort of way. Wonderful.

pathos · September 16, 2009

nice architecture, even better sculpture, but really insensitive to the humanistic aspect of living.

kathyrn · October 24, 2010 03:43 AM

could you elaborate on why you believe that it is "insensitive to the humanistic aspect of living"?

andreas · September 16, 2009

not the plot inspired diagram.

andreas · September 16, 2009

i love the rythm.


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