Techos House / Mathias Klotz

  • 17 May 2013
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Courtesy of Matías Klotz

Architects: Mathias Klotz
Location: , Río Negro Province, Argentina
Project Architect: (KLOTZ & asociados)
Area: 650 sqm
Project Year: 2006
Photographs: Courtesy of Matías Klotz

Collaborators: Alejandro Beals
Structural Engineer: Luis Soubie
Surface: 9409 sqm

Courtesy of Matías Klotz

From the architect. The Techos House is a vacation house located on the shore of the Nahuelhuapi Lake, south of Argentina, near Villa la Angostura. The land is a 200 year old bamboo stick forest next to the lake.

One of the issues we faced was how to fulfill a local standard, in which the roof had to have a minimum slope of 26ª, allow for the sun to come in and have views of the forest and the lake from inside the house.

Courtesy of Matías Klotz

The program consists in two floors, family in the main level leaving visits and services to the ground level.

The roof issue is solved starting from a series of small roofs according to the standard, allowing the entrance of the sun at the same time and with views to the lake and forest with a double bay scheme. A generous central circulation distributes a succession of patios to the enclosures located in both sides.

Courtesy of Matías Klotz

The pool has been located at the far east of the main level so it can guarantee the sun exposure and the views.

In the access zone, we designed the caretaker’s house (Techitos), as a prototype of the main house so the construction aspects were solved in a 1/1 model.

Courtesy of Matías Klotz

Concrete, wood and copper were used so the architecture was integrated with the context.

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  • Ellen Fisch

    Lovely integration of marvelous architecture with a stunning natural environment!

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  • Tom

    Building a wall around a swimming pool brings back some memories of innovative ways to kill off your sims.

  • Márcio

    Beautifull house! But this architekt clearly never heard about thermal bridges (not quite sure if this is a term in English…) The metal beams continue without interruption from the inside through to the outside… all of the heat will be lost because of this… I do love the design… but come on… this is a serious issue here ;)

  • Lars

    Cold bridge bonanza! Or maybe he is fooling us all?