House in the Lake

Manantiales, Uruguay – A4estudio

Built Area:     1000.0 m2
Year Built:     2017
Photographs:    Courtesy of A4estudio

House in the Lake is not your typically-designed tranquil weekend getaway home. In fact, it’s a reinvention of the traditional retreat house. The entire dwelling is made up of three pavilions that are unapologetically modern. The two were constructed using concrete while the third one is clad in dark metal panels.

Two of the pavilions are made of untreated concrete, creating a striking appearance.
Two of the pavilions are made of untreated concrete, creating a striking appearance.

This striking home is considered practical as it keeps up with the basic concepts of modernism. One of the concrete pavilions boast of a sweeping open floor plan. The living area open up to a wide terrace. This is connected to the metal-paneled pavilion where the gym and master suite are located. The third pavilion is reserved for guests.

The three pavilions are linked together by glass-walled corridors.
The three pavilions are linked together by glass-walled corridors.

All three pavilions are connected by a glass enclosed corridor. Untreated concrete and dark wood create a striking combination. House in the Lake is a modern home that holds a lot of promise both design and function-wise.

Notes from the Architect:

The house is locate in Manantiales at two kilometers of the beach in a private neighborhood with views at the white lagoon. To the terrain of 60 meters front and 90 meters long is access for the ground part rising up more than nine meters in all your longitudinal develop in an approximate 10% slope.

Thought like a weekend house, two conditions presented like the most determinant, the first get an exterior space that articulate the activities at fresh air but that keep control visual relation respect the neighbors and allow direct visuals to lagoon and tajamares. The second, organize the program getting independences and privacies between the visitants, as well as open the possibility to make more efficient use of the resources integrating or not spaces according to number of people.

The project implants in the high part of terrain (getting a complete opening of house to the best visuals) over a basement that resolve the relation of project with the natural slope and organize all the access, wine cellar, playroom, plant room and stores.

Over this basement the house is organize in independent pavilions binds for a transversal gallery. In the south extreme the first pavilion organize the public spaces (living room, dining room, kitchen, gallery and services), in the north extreme, the second, organize the intimate spaces for the visitants (bedrooms), finally in center and one level above to the others, the third pavilion organize a big suite with gym for the owners house.

The piscina acquires an entity comparable with the rest of pavilions and conquest the view toward under terrain finish to define a big space of exterior relations confined as much as the extreme pavilions as the transversal gallery of connection even getting protection of eventual breezes, wanted privacy with respect to the neighbors and a total opening to the landscape.

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