Marindia House / MASA Arquitectos

Marindia House / MASA Arquitectos

Marindia House / MASA Arquitectos - Table, Wood, Chair, Beam, Windows, PatioMarindia House / MASA Arquitectos - Garden, ForestMarindia House / MASA Arquitectos - Facade, BeamMarindia House / MASA Arquitectos - Facade, BeamMarindia House / MASA Arquitectos - More Images+ 45

Marindia, Uruguay
  • Structure: Ingenieros, Piña-Ham
  • Authors: Martin Pronczuk, Santiago Saettone
  • City: Marindia
  • Country: Uruguay
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Marindia House / MASA Arquitectos - Facade
© Federico Cairoli

Text description provided by the architects. Montevideo’s east urbanization has been spreading from Ciudad de la Costa up to the Canelones’ seashore, converting summer resorts into residential areas.

Marindia House / MASA Arquitectos - Garden, Forest
© Federico Cairoli

Such places have been gradually changing its landscape, into a crossover between the city and its coast, the urban and suburban. To consider a house in this environment implies working in this duality between permanent and temporary inhabiting. This duality intensifies when considering that the soil –the foundations- is located in one of the least residential areas of the summer resort. A wild piece of land on a recently urbanized area.

Marindia House / MASA Arquitectos - Table, Beam, Chair
© Federico Cairoli

Marindia House / MASA Arquitectos - Table, Windows, Facade
© Federico Cairoli

Despite its known antagonism, nature and artifice are complementary words. They are defined by its contrasts and they reinforce each other in its mutual presence. The natural landscape emerges in contrast with the geometry of the construction, and the house seems more cozy and protective within a rough environment. Such concept allows solving this dichotomy, merging both, blurring its edges.


The facade behaves as a screen, a veil, which can be widely opened, inviting outside nature into the artificial interior.

Marindia House / MASA Arquitectos - Beam
© Federico Cairoli

Air conditioning systems, power lines, domotics…the contemporary life demands more and more availability of technological devices that provide comfort for its customers. From the conceptual framework this house is conceived to unfold the boundaries of such duality. A rudimentary exterior shell, made from primitive elements with a few aesthetic additions, is defined to contrast its interior technological sophistication.

Marindia House / MASA Arquitectos - Facade
© Federico Cairoli

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Cite: "Marindia House / MASA Arquitectos" 18 Dec 2017. ArchDaily. Accessed . <> ISSN 0719-8884

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