On a plot located in an area of natural beauty and strong north winds, we designed a residence for a family of four. Due to the urban planning constraints and taking into account the plot’s orientation, the house is developed following a gamma-shaped layout, opening to the Southeast while creating a solid boundary to the unfavorable North. The positioning of the house at the northern end of the plot, has been determined to a large extent so as not to interrupt the existing building’s view, located at a higher point of the plot, on the western side.
The building’s strict geometry and shape lightens at the top of the highest volume, appearing to hover as it is set on a glass surface surrounding the first floor’s attic. Aiming to protect the building from strong north winds, we designed a solid facade of exposed concrete with linear slots filled with perforated aluminum sheets, thus contributing to the building’s natural lighting and ventilation.
On the exterior, the metal canopy with wooden finishing integrates and visually extends the interior to the exterior of the building, while at the western boundary of the plot, a swimming pool and a second outdoor seating area is designed. On the west side, a stone wall develops linearly, serving both as a boundary for privacy and axis movement, while entering the building, and creating a soft vs rough effect.