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The Black House / Andres Remy Arquitectos

  • 01:00 - 13 January, 2010
The Black House / Andres Remy Arquitectos
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  • Architects

  • Location

    Buenos Aires, Argentina
  • Architects

    Andres Remy Arquitectos
  • Project Team

    Andres Remy, Hernan Pardillos, Julieta Rafel, Carlos Arellano, Gisela Colombo
  • Structural Engineering

    Claudio Gonzalez
  • Construction Management

    Andres Remy & Hernan Pardillos Associated
  • Area

    330.0 sqm
  • Project Year


From the architect. The black house was born by the request of a young couple, brought to us by another of our projects "The Waterfall House", which gave us the challenge of improving what we had done at that moment, taking advantage of the freedom they gave us during the design.
This single house is located in a closed neighborhood, 30km. away from Buenos Aires. The lot, 20 meters wide and 50 meters length with 3 meter of lateral retreats, has amazing views to the lake we could not let aside.

The analysis of the lot showed us the advantages and disadvantages we should take into account along the entire design process. The best views to the lake were at the back of the lot, while the best orientation was at the front. The surrounding houses and the wide lot marked the visuals we should use.

The simple program, for a socially active couple without children, made relevant the resolution of the social areas. We decided to divide the social areas in two. In one side are located the common areas, such as the kitchen and the dinning room. On the other side is located the living room, closer to the lake.

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The shallow pool that divides the house in two allows the indirect light to bathe the interiors, as the northern sun reflects it's light on the water surface. This way, light is present in every corner of the house, but never in a direct way.

Both programs are connected by a glass bridge, with the water running under your feet.
The living room, 10 meters wide and 5 meters length, opens to the exterior using glass walls. It was thought in a lower level than the rest of the house, making it permeable and allowing the ambients a clean view to the lake.

The resolution of the first floor follows the same criteria of differencing areas. At the front are located the bedrooms for the future children, with views to the lake. As a bridge, joining the two volumes in the lower floor is the main bedroom with a giant overhang that conquers the best views to the lake, seeming to float over the water.

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The Black House has an almost provocative sobriety, where the pure white in the inside provoques an emotive contrast with the absolute black in the outside, reminding the bite of an apple. A strong characteristic that names the house.

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腾讯 · October 30, 2015

Like this house, I hope to be able to build in China, if you can share the details of the drawings, thank you

Mohibullah · February 05, 2014

I would like to congratulation the architecture for sach a nice house he design. i would like to ask you if you please send me the complete maps and other related designs. i am mad when i see this nice house, now i would like to make it in my country for my self. plz plz plz send me maps and designs

charlotte vyncke · March 21, 2012

does anybody know what material is used for the exterior. On the internet it says that concrete cladding is used but i cant see any seems/lines.

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Louis BESSARD · March 28, 2011

It's so easy. Very nice job.

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Afonso Condi · August 03, 2010
July · March 22, 2010

I am totally in love

Maldito · January 15, 2010

Excelente !

TMW · January 14, 2010

You cynical people are so undeserving of these projects being shared with you in such detail.
As for me I appreciate that the "process" was shown and described to us.
I particularly like the contrasting elements and the "biting into an apple" metaphor.

Nicholas Patten · January 14, 2010

I&#39d Live Here: The Black House.

Jeison · January 14, 2010

This is truly a wonderful house in a breathtaking location. Congratulations to the architects.

Modern Zen Architecture · January 14, 2010

Hmmm. I think the black wall is facing East. If that is true, then the sun is at it harshest before mid day, but only for a couple hours or so... I like the idea how the sun reflects off the water, shooting light into the home. Dynamic lighting...

sieger · January 14, 2010

is there any more photos of kitchen and the master bedroom? i wonder how they managed the openings.

wsby · January 14, 2010


Fabiano Meneghetti · January 14, 2010

The Black House / Andres Remy Arquitectos

Joans · January 14, 2010

please more pictures! thank you!

ngb · January 13, 2010

So much glass without any outside sun protection (looks like) is meaningless, requires air conditioning...
how is it still possible to build that house nowadays?

gabsibabsu · January 13, 2010

I agree. The sunlight sketches are wrong. The black wall facing north will make it an oven.
Another expensive house that do not consider the climat of the place.

archilocus · January 13, 2010

To be cranky once more, it's nothing more than a standard expensive villa that could be featured in any episode of CSI:Miami... It seems to only show how rich the client is, and do not reflect any personality.

Nick Downes · January 13, 2010

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