LocationGeneral Roca, Argentina
Architects in ChargeFranco Riccheri, Agustín Mendiondo
PrizeFirst Prize (housing), Segunda Bienal nacional de Diseño UBA FADU 2015
Text description provided by the architects. House PRO.CRE.AR 01 is located in Padre Stefenelli, a few miles from General Roca, in the south of Argentina. The 1000m2 plot is a part of a bigger area in a ranch zone originally meant for apple production that nowadays serves as real estate land, due to population growth and the need for larger plots surrounded by nature.
LANDSCAPE consisting of large extensions of poplar groves that swift color showing the coming of each season, dry desertic weather, low winter temperatures and hot summers configure the particular feel of the site.
The CLIENT, a young couple applying for a government credit dreaming with the chance of their first home.
The PROGRAM, simple, one bedroom, one bathroom, and a free plan containing kitchen, dining room and living room opening towards an exterior terrace entirely bathed in sunlight.
Due to the limited budget the project needed to be thought in stages. One first stage, with all the basic demands opened to the possibility of a future extension, without interrupting the use of the house and which proposes various layouts of inhabiting it.
In the same vein, optimizing areas was a fundamental premise, as well as the employment of simple technical resolutions and construction details that could allow local constructors to execute them.
Layout was though as a bar oriented following the length of the plot (east-west), leaving the northern façade open to the park and the panoramic view.
Inside the house, poplar wood, local and accessible, brings unity to the kitchen/hall/hallway, adding some warmth to the interior. The exterior in black metal sheets that contain the volume, synthetizing even more the volume of the house and demanding very little maintenance.