The open atrium on the lower level welcomes you with a breath of fresh air and plenty of natural light that enlivens the dining area small living space and kitchen next to it. With the public spaces being placed on the lower level it is a large bedroom and a multi-purpose room (serving as a home office study and relaxation space) that make up the second level. A small bridge connects the bedroom with the multi-purpose room even as a rustic color scheme and diverse finishes in brick and wood shape a welcoming and unique house.
Designed by Cutler Anderson Architect this picturesque escape sits on an uncultivated lot inside the owner’s 88-acre vineyard. Blessed with captivating natural greenery and offering a magical window into the native flora and fauna arriving here as a guest is a definite privilege!
The Cor-ten steel pergola structure that sits just outside the living room also shapes the balcony for the top floor while the revamped swimming pool and large deck provide ample space to rest and rejuvenate on those lazy summer evenings.
The design of the house also maximizes natural ventilation and the views of the pond even as smart insulation and radiant heating in the floors creates a comfortable living environment. Crafted to create seamless interaction between man and nature this charming home is a great example of architecture responding to and accommodating the needs of the landscape.
On the inside it is timber that still holds sway even as the entire house is divided into three distinct zones – the parents’ retreat the kids’ rooms and the common living area that overlooks the pool and wooden deck. The ambiance inside the house is modern coastal with serenity infused into the overall design of each room using neutral hues and wooden warmth.
Wood and stone were used in crafting the exterior of the home with the upper levels embracing the warmth of the former in an eloquent fashion. It is the ground floor that contains the main entrance along with the garage and a small social zone while the first floor houses the living room dining space kitchen guest bathroom and the family zone.
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.