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San Benito House in Buenos Aires

Escobar Residential Development, Argentina Home design by Besonías Almeida arquitectos

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Location: San Benito District, Escobar, Buenos Aires, Argentina

Design: Besonías Almeida arquitectos

San Benito House – Buenos Aires Home

San Benito House

Photos by Federico Kulekdjian

21 Apr 2016

San Benito House

The place
It is a lot in a residential area of a closed neighborhood belonging to Villanueva, whose characteristic is to have modified flooded low lands, creating artificial lagoons with scenic interest and filling sectors with the remaining soil for public and private use.

San Benito House

There we find a large batch contacting with one of the lagoons, without other attraction than overlooking the lagoon, as the existing vegetation is still very young and is disposed only in the public space.

San Benito House

The challenge of this commission was then to conceive a house that capitalize on the value of that mirror of water by ensuring that all main rooms will enjoy the view, solving simultaneously the problem that these views coincide with an unfavorable SE orientation for most of the rooms in the house.

San Benito House

The commission

The principals, a marriage interested in the complex spatiality of our works of exposed concrete but with reservations about the rawness of the resulting materiality, demand us this project with the explicit requirement that the concrete remains hidden behind a coating without texture and monochrome, understanding that, in that way, without wasting the formal freedom granted by the structural concrete, the result will be one of a safe formal abstraction.

San Benito House

The program

A house to be inhabited only by the marriage, a social sector of large dimensions, a main bedroom with bathroom and large dressing room, and two guest bedrooms with a bathroom to accommodate children and grandchildren on weekends. While the house could be developed on two floors, it had to be planned for the future the possibility of putting together a ground floor bedroom. They also required a place for saving garden supplies and warehouse, a garage, a gallery with grill, a large swimming pool and a small dock over the lagoon.

San Benito House

The proposal

In response to very indeterminate surroundings, we proposed a house open to its inner garden and closed to the street and its future neighbors, organized on two floors, with the aim that most rooms could enjoy views of the lake.

San Benito House

Looking to solve the dichotomy between that goal and the need of sunlighting in every bedroom, we decided to dispose the functions into two displaced volumes, bound by a double height void that contains the staircase and the circulation of the top floor. Thus, on the ground floor, a good orientation is achieved, as well as views to both the front and the lagoon in the living room and the kitchen and dining area. On the top floor, the master bedroom enjoys the same advantages, in addition to being isolated from the rest of the bedrooms by a circulation that bridges the double height allowing views of the lagoon in its path.

San Benito House

The functional zoning is not volumetrically expressed, seeking with this, and with the interior and exterior monochromatism, to achieve the required formal synthesis and material abstraction.

San Benito House

San Benito House

Light Treatment and Landscape Views

This is a topic that interests us particularly, so there is, in all the projects, a special intention addressed both to control the incidence of sunlight on glass surfaces as to improve natural light as a project material which brings wealth to the living spaces.

San Benito House

San Benito House

If we understand the openings as such, not as standardized elements with preset measures and positions, but rather as carved into the buildings which, of course permit ventilation and lighting environments, but also leave undefined the indoor-outdoor relationship, framing the landscape, filtering light, reflecting it on a wall, etc., these perforations will be the result of the special way in which we want to establish these relationships.

San Benito House

San Benito House

San Benito House

San Benito House – Building Information

Location: San Benito District, Escobar, Buenos Aires, Argentina.
Design and Project Management: María Victoria Besonías, Guillermo de Almeida
Collaborators: Arch. Micaela Salibe
Land area: 1123m2
Built area: 253m2
Construction year: 2016

San Benito House

Photos: Federico Kulekdjian

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Location: San Benito District, Escobar, Buenos Aires, Argentina, South America

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