LocationCity Bell, Argentina
Architect in ChargeArqs. Sofía Botteri Cappa, Patricio Gabriel Connell
CollaboratorsRosalía Vicente, José Chaves
“When memories of older homes return, in the new house we go to the land of immobile childhood: immobile like the immemorial”. Gaston Bachelard.
Wide galleries, yards, large halls, basements and attics, were part of the phenomenological images of the owners about their natal home. Above these dreams of the past we build the present. The new house stands its bases over the missing one.
The house is for a young family with two small children. It’s located in a country club in Buenos Aires. The land counts with beautiful trees on the southern limit, which are pretended to be conserved and maximized.
The program is composed of two different areas suggested by the clients: “one formal and organized” that would embrace traditional programs and an “informal and playful area” that would include a playroom and a place to receive friends.
We found in the “casa chorizo” a starting point to materialize those imagesHowever, we travel back in time looking for the origin of this typology: the roman domus. Then, we subordinate them to concrete conditions: the land, the pragmatic relations, customs and their lifestyle.
The result is a house around a central yard with galleries. It Is the true heart of the house, but the static yard of the domus becomes dynamic…it beats.
The mass that defines it –once limitless- is atomized in three stereotomic boxes that dance free under sunlight and trees, embracing inside them “the ordered programs”: To be, to eat and to sleep. Promoting, thus, the topological relations near-far, open-close, inside-out, short-tall.
The tectonic wood-gallery is more than a transition space and a sun screen; It is the articulation between parts; It is indoor-outdoor. It hosts the “more informal programs”, gradually revealing spaces, breaking the path, providing scale to the yard, realizing the flow of reminiscences.