Natural Stone Outcrops Pop Up in This Argentinian Retreat

Natural Stone Outcrops Pop Up in This Argentinian Retreat

By Jennifer Baum Lagdameo
Casa JB, built near a stone quarry, incorporates the rocky terrain into its design.

Located near a quarry in the Argentinian town of Unquillo, just north of Córdoba, Casa JB is a home in conversation with the rocky landscape. Alarcia Ferrer Arquitectos played with the form of the house to strategically incorporate two significant, natural stone outcrops. The results present a unique interior landscape that echoes the environment.

An aerial view of Casa JB shows its three volumes. 

The home is divided into three separate volumes, each of equal importance, that contain the private, public, and semi-covered spaces of the house. This layout naturally connects the home to the terrain in half levels—guaranteeing a view of the distant mountain ranges from almost every angle. The rocky outcrops anchor the home and provide a distinctive, aesthetic touch. 

The side view shows an outcropping of rocks. 

The first outcropping of rocks has been incorporated into the home's entrance, which is set adjacent to a rustic, stone road.

The first rocky outcrop creates the home’s entrance patio, which helps further articulate the divide between the public and private space. 

A closer look at the entry. 

The outcrop of rock and a tree have been incorporated into the design of the home. 

The courtyard-like composition, and the natural flow of light and air, provide the interiors with an indoor/outdoor feel. 

Load-bearing, brick walls support an inclined roof including a wooden, pergola-type structure that seamlessly connects with wood-paneled ceilings inside. The construction allows light to enter the home and gives the interiors a sense of spatial continuity.

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The luminous entrance opens into a bright and lofty living space. 

The indoor/outdoor patio opens to the sloping terrain. 

The second rocky outcrop, seen in the background, almost seems to "invade" the indoor/outdoor patio space at the rear of the home, reasserting nature into the built environment.

The patio looks out to captivating views. 

Casa JB at night.

Site plan for Casa JB

Site plan for Casa JB

Crosssection of the site plan for Casa JB.

Casa JB

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Project Credits: 

Architect of Record: Alarcia Ferrer Arquitectos
Builder/ General Contractor: Diego Pepperman
Structural Engineer: German Sarborar 

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