Impala House / Estudio Galera

Impala House / Estudio Galera

Impala House / Estudio Galera - Facade, HandrailImpala House / Estudio Galera - Table, Stairs, ChairImpala House / Estudio Galera - Image 4 of 39Impala House / Estudio Galera - DeckImpala House / Estudio Galera - More Images+ 34

Cariló, Argentina
  • Architects: Estudio Galera
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area:  435
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2016
  • Photographs
    Photographs:Diego Medina
  • Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project
    Manufacturers:  Anaya, Cariló Ingeniería, Cemento Loma Negra, Cermat, Dunas Electricidad, El Holandés, Fontaneros, Hupp Iluminación, Marmolería del Sur, Plastigas, Sagitario
  • Engineer: Javier Mendia
  • Surveyor: Claudio D eramo
  • Architect In Charge: Ariel Galera
  • Design Team: Ariel Galera, Diego Ballario, Cesar Amarante, Francisco Villamil
  • City: Cariló
  • Country: Argentina
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Impala House / Estudio Galera - Windows, Facade, Courtyard
© Diego Medina

Text description provided by the architects. Impala House is a box, a big container, built in the forest of Cariló, in front of a forest reserve. The residence indirectly touches the terrain with a plinth that nestles the services.

Impala House / Estudio Galera - Image 4 of 39
© Diego Medina

The lot, which presents a strong transversal change of level, inspired a spacious public plan that takes full advantage of the terrain. From the top of it, the landscape dominates the views and then melts away with the lot in the solarium/swimming pool.


The house, set as a strip, is oriented to the north and connects to the lot at the time that secures views of the forest reserve. Bearing this in mind and occupying the widest length between setbacks, a ‘piano nobile’ which goes through the public area of the house was projected.

Impala House / Estudio Galera - Handrail
© Diego Medina

In order to reach the entrance height, the access was prioritized by turning it into a path where water and different materiality create a sensory experience.

1st Floor

The program is ordered in different plans: services/public areas/private areas. This, added to the multiple possible accesses, creates great flexibility and secures privacy in each space.

Impala House / Estudio Galera - Table, Chair, Handrail
© Diego Medina
Impala House / Estudio Galera - Chair, Table, Windows
© Diego Medina

The initial requirements included three en suite bedrooms, service bedroom, playroom/ screening room and barbecue area; and then, a sauna, a Scottish shower and a massage room were added to the list. The residence demanded a large amount of square meters, to avoid fragmentation of the program and to maintain a large percentage of the lot free from construction, all the areas were assembled into a compact box, a volume measuring 21 m long by 7,5 m wide and 7 m high supported on a half buried plinth 

Impala House / Estudio Galera - Windows, Stairs, Facade, Garden, Courtyard, Patio
© Diego Medina

The barbecue area becomes an extension of the living room/dining room as the interior blends with the deck and the swimming pool. This area becomes the heart of the house in summer as it can welcome a great number of guests, connecting what goes on inside and outside the house.

Impala House / Estudio Galera - Image 21 of 39
© Diego Medina

In the search for a sensitive experience and the perception of the constant change of space, different games of light were created –concrete skylights, glass brick floor in the access, concrete pergolas and zenithal lighting in the bathrooms.

Impala House / Estudio Galera - Facade, Handrail
© Diego Medina

The studio looks for the use of an honest materiality. Iron, stone, aluminum, wood and concrete adapt to the environment and collaborate to a low maintenance.

Impala House / Estudio Galera - Windows, Forest, Garden
© Diego Medina

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Cite: "Impala House / Estudio Galera" 27 Mar 2017. ArchDaily. Accessed . <> ISSN 0719-8884

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