A Concrete Hillside Home With a Green Roof and Killer Views

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By Jennifer Baum Lagdameo
Designed by Argentine firm Alarcia Ferrer Arquitectos, this holiday home offers sweeping views and two separate autonomous levels for living.

Set in the Calamuchita Valley in the center of the province of Córdoba, Argentina, Casa FM is a stunning 3,444-square-foot vacation home perched on the edge of the mountainside. Its rectangular concrete form contains two autonomous houses—each engaging with their spectacular surroundings on distinctly different levels. 

The lower one-bedroom house has a more intimate relationship with the terrain, while the two-bedroom upper house—showcased here—enjoys a greater connection with the surrounding environment. An indoor/outdoor patio offers breathtaking views of the valley below—including the lake and the surrounding mountain range.

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Casa FM's rectangular form sits perched on the edge of a scenic valley.

Casa FM's rectangular form sits perched on the edge of a scenic valley.

The low profile and the flat living roof help integrate the home into its surroundings. Concrete, a low maintenance material, was chosen for aesthetic and practical purposes, but it also responds to structural needs to "help balance the presence [of the structure] within the environment."

The linear layout of Casa FM is much like a railroad apartment. All of the rooms lead towards the living room and its spectacular view. 

The linear layout of Casa FM is much like a railroad apartment. All of the rooms lead towards the living room and its spectacular view. 

Casa FM's flat profile provides a natural home for a living roof. 

Casa FM's flat profile provides a natural home for a living roof. 

A stone staircase leads to the lower level. 

A stone staircase leads to the lower level. 

Rectangular skylights help bring natural light into the home, offsetting the heaviness of the concrete volume.

Rectangular skylights help bring natural light into the home, offsetting the heaviness of the concrete volume.

A full-height wall of glass brings additional natural light into the open-plan living area. The step down creates a cozy divide in the space.

A full-height wall of glass brings additional natural light into the open-plan living area. The step down creates a cozy divide in the space.

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The grand indoor/outdoor terrace—with its killer view—is the focal point of the upper level. 

The grand indoor/outdoor terrace—with its killer view—is the focal point of the upper level. 

The concrete form perfectly frames the spectacular surroundings while allowing for natural ventilation and illumination.

The concrete form perfectly frames the spectacular surroundings while allowing for natural ventilation and illumination.

The structure as it sits in the landscape. 

The structure as it sits in the landscape. 

An aerial view of Casa FM

An aerial view of Casa FM

Casa FM plans

Casa FM plans

The floor plan for both the upper and the lower level homes. 

The floor plan for both the upper and the lower level homes. 

Project Credits

Architect of Record: Alarcia Ferrer Architectos

Builder/General Contractor: Julio Quiroz

Structural Engineer: German Sarboraria