Simple and practical design that does away with the unnecessary and focuses firmly on ergonomics is much harder to conjure up and create than it sounds. Nestled in the idyllic town of Pilar in Argentina ventures down this path as it places emphasis on minimal design and an uncomplicated form where functionality precedes form. The small footprint of the house was a conscious choice made by the architects to reduce both construction cost and time even while leaving ample space for a wonderful garden and outdoor living area.
This fascinating blend of contrasting textures and unusual design elements was dictated by the weather in the region which sees a snowfall of more than 800 inches annually. Part of the renowned Sugar Bowl Ski Resort and sitting at an altitude of this modern family retreat is all about architecture that responds to the needs of the landscape.
Sustainability was one of the key components of the design and over its life period this cozy Spanish house is projected to cut out carbon emissions by as much as 50% when compared to regular residences of similar size. On the inside beautiful wooden surfaces clay plastered walls and exposed brick surfaces bring in ample textural contrast as one clearly notices a modern-rustic style.
Shaped by stunning mountains all around and defined by the unique lot on which it sits this in works within the existing limitations to make the most of both space and the views on offer. The sloped triangular lot the family residence sits on plays a major role in shaping its overall silhouette along with local construction guidelines that mandate the use of wood for at least 30 percent of the home’s surface area. Walking this architectural tightrope and delivering in style GCA Architects ensured that the dwelling did not compromise on unabated views even while offering adequate privacy to those inside.
The home was built around an already present man-made pond and the effort was to ensure that the wild landscape was as undisturbed as possible both during and after the construction. The main 1650-square-foot residence has a secluded entrance and contains the living area kitchen dining area and the master bedroom.
Artistic additions from Peter Blake Michael Johannson French street artist Dran and UK street artist duo Miss Bugs add color and character as they set the tone in various other rooms of the house including the fascinating home office and the master suite. And it is the globally popular image of ‘Faces’ created by Piero Fornasetti that caps off this remarkably brilliant bachelorette home in Singapore that captivates enthralls and amazes!
Much of this is achieved using a beautiful blend of stone and glass on the outside that marries two contrasting elements in a pleasing fashion. Designed by Vanguard Studio this Spanish Oaks home is as much about the outdoors as it is about the interior!