Collaborators: Alejandro Beals
Structural Engineer: Luis Soubie
Surface: 9409 sqm
Text description provided by the architects. 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.
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.
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.
Concrete, wood and copper were used so the architecture was integrated with the context.