Caja House / Estudio Aire


Architects: Estudio Aire / Juan German Guardati, Roman Renzi, Virginia Kahanoff
Location: Funes, Santa Fé, Argentina
Collaborators: Gustavo Sattler, Matias Agostino, Maximiliano Rossini, Damian Plouganou
Project Area: 235 sqm
Project Year: 2004-2007
Photographs: Leonardo Finotti

The project was developed between personal wills and external demands. We enjoy  narrating this process without too much  theory but with architectural responsibility  and enthusiasm instead.

During the first meetings we tried to talk with our clients about architecture itself not specifically a home project. We realised it was our opportunity to develop something different between both parties. We were very enthusiastic for we could  have the possibility of reviewing our architectural repertoire. At the beginning there were no specific orders, which arrived as time passed by and started working together.

floor plan

We had  feeling to work as a team , sometimes sharing some points of view concerning  design, some others not.

Our clients were much concerned with the issue of privacy and intimacy as regards life in private neighborhoods such as Kentucky, so we considered it important to be able to appreciate from the inside the decisions taken (morphology, geometry, materials, how to manipulate the natural lighting) rather than the criteria used in such spaces so far.

© Leonardo Finotti

We started working on a criteria based on a central open space . Little by little it became  more radical and the rest of the situations began to subordinate to the yard. We were questioning the modern language leading elements to an almost  primitive instance .The concept of continuous space extends beyond the physical limit of covered surface. The Interior unroofed surface regulates the link with the outside world. One of the faces is an opening with two glass doors. Opening completely enabling to redefine the concept of externality and integrating  the rest of the area.

The water here incorporates the built mass reflexes. The House becomes its own landscape.  Fragmentation in the section cover is another particular moment of thought and analysis which occurs  not only to  fill the interior of light but to establish a link with nature, incorporating the sky.

© Leonardo Finotti

In general we usually describe our work as a box with a yard inside it denoting a formal will at first place.

However the best is inside,  the richer inner space as a result of it .

With two photographs from outside the story would be resolved, but it would be impossible from the  inside.

The strongest effort was to decide about what not to be done or how to make it simpler .

section 01

We came to only four materials. On top  “white” dominates all items, aluminum resolves openings to the inner patio , the metal for the perimeter gates and glass for transparent and translucent cladding. This reduction is the reaction to a need to avoid excessive thinking of achieving simplicity as a concept.

We are satisfied for having being able to provide a contemporary answer leaving aside modern language. Now that the work has been completed we have began to look in time to more distant  examples of it. The colonial House is the first example that appeared. The potential of the yard, the opening  toit,  the gallery, tectonics condition, force walls, the dispossession of ornamentation, the height of the Interior. We are now studying the pompeyana House , which carry this same situations to a more primitive and radical state .  All this working under the concept of modern space.

© Leonardo Finotti

We believe that the contemporary does not have to do with a completely new production or with an indiscriminate repetition of recipes. We are interested in reviewing everything that has already been produced and intervene as little as possible. We have very clear it  is almost ridiculous since our activity lies in filling free spaces . This paradox is which obsessively leads us to focus on the space resulting of it through the manipulation of shapes. We love thinking  that we produce air.

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  • Tosh

    It takes confidence to design and build a facade which is a white wall with a door :)

    • digitalbuddha

      This remind me of all this “japanese sushi” places run by non japanese offering what they “imagine” to be quality japanese food but in fact is terrible in every sense. This lacks any form of soul or spirit.It is a prime example of how ridiculous ‘minimalism’ is understood and becomes a fashion statement for rich customers in ‘closed neighbourhoods’ to brag about. Ironically such a travesty is placed right there where is belongs.

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  • Michael Baugus

    Truly minimalist design- Caja House / Estudio Aire

  • (tfa)

    the perspectives remind me alvaro siza.

  • Steve

    Demasiada teoria burda para los resultados arquitectonicos vistos hace mas de 30 años, los conceptos son demasiado basicos para la respuesta arquitectonica, bien pero solamente se queda en estandar!

  • Yazuri

    This is great. Great description of concept.

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  • jeison

    Beautiful for magazines editorials. As a home, beautiful for magazines editorials.

  • bluevertical

    Caja House by Estudio Aire #architecture #interiordesign #minimalism #white #argentina *love it!

  • bluevertical

    Caja House by Estudio Aire #architecture #interiordesign #minimalism #argentina *can't wait to move in next month ;)

  • Dzunyck Arquitectura

    The box house #architecture

  • ariana roberts

    this is why i love simple homes…it’s not too flashy like other places here on AD…no offense to anyone.

  • http://- vaio

    That´s truth.