This 200 square metre farmhouse is located in rural Uruguay, near the Rio Negro river. Our client had two requests. First, the house will principally used by a couple but have capacity for another 10-12 family members and second, the house should not be "too modern or ostentatious".
We began with four north facing blocks, which provided our client with privacy, cross-ventilation and natural lighting in every room of the house. This added the feeling of being outside and being in touch with one's surroundings. To capture wider views, the blocks rotate separately. The outline of the "solids" come out of an abstraction of the typical house unit of the area, creating a sense of familiarity for the clients and context.
The largest block contains the living room, dining room and kitchen. The master bedroom is next to the common area. This enables the principal inhabitants of the house to heat their bedroom using the fireplace, which is located in the middle of the two blocks.
The other two blocks are separated by a door, reducing the size of the house by half in winter and enabling the principal inhabitants to heat just the sections of the house that are being used. The common area has two outdoor spaces. The northern gallery leans to ensure the view is unimpeded and to let in the sun in winter. The western gallery expands the kitchen area, providing a space to watch the sunset whilst preparing an authentic latin-american barbecue.
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