La Pedrera Block House / gualano + gualano: arquitectos

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La Pedrera, Uruguay
  • Architects: Gualano + Gualano Arquitectos
Cortesía de Marcelo Gualano


A seasonal dwelling in La Pedrera, a resort on the Atlantic coast 220 km from Montevideo, in the department of Rocha.

An affordable, easy, and concrete house.

This project was done with a remote team of workers, therefore systematizing construction, facilitating mounting, and solving simple details, was part of how to approach this project.

Hence it was decided to use the block of concrete as "unique" material incorporating different sizes and formats.

Cortesía de Marcelo Gualano


An area of ​​12 x 36 m, amid a young eucalyptus forest, within the urban layout of the beach resort.

A flat terrain, a few blocks away from the sea.

East Facade


Two bedrooms, bathroom, and kitchen, an interior space (dining - living room), an exterior space (deck - barbecue).

A sequence of programmatic bands

Simple spaces, that are defined programatically and geometrically.

Interior area: 64m2

Exterior area: 32m2

The house defines a boundary, an edge of blocks, solid and hollow, which incorporate into their perimeter the exterior barbecue-deck space.

In this way, the house is defined as a single piece, abstract, which contains its program "inside".

Cortesía de Marcelo Gualano

Outside, the house is connected, but it does not colonize. Only a low wall defines the vehicular and pedestrian entrance, which takes advantage of the shade of tall, slender eucalyptus.

In sum, a white piece that fits between the thin trunks.

Creating a space for itself.


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Cite: "La Pedrera Block House / gualano + gualano: arquitectos" [Casa de Bloques La Pedrera / gualano + gualano: arquitectos] 10 Oct 2013. ArchDaily. Accessed . <> ISSN 0719-8884

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