divides the deck and protects a north patio from the prevailing south winds in winter and vice versa for the prevailing north winds in summer. Wind is the main pleasure constraint.
Wood construction is the outstanding issue in this project. Although in this part of the world brick and concrete are the prevailing building materials, building in wood is required on these sand dunes by the local Building Code due to the high energy costal environment, ie. the sand dunes must move below the buildings.
This building is therefore a yet unexplored effort undertaken by the architect/owners. Adapting to the sites and Building Codes very restrictive conditions, construction by a carpenter team with no previous house building experience, procurement of hardwoods from Brazil, Paraguay and Bolivia as much as laminated beams from Argentina, building in harsh winter conditions… all are issues relevant to a 3 year process of trial and error.
But then, building under our own terms regardless of effort or cost and far from standard market solutions, implied also a finely tuned interior array of devices and special solutions for practically every convenience of casual beachside enjoyment. The interiors exude sensuality as only polished wood can, interior partitions are completed with glazing till ceiling to ensure acoustic privacy while maintaining total visibility of the roof beams, a string of led lighting runs alongside the ceiling and provides ambient indirect lighting, whilst the heating is provided by solar panels on the roof and an electric accumulator tank which supply hot water to underfloor pipes running under a line of refractive bricks along the length of the whole building.
Seven wood species were used. Eucalyptus grandis pilotis, maritime pine ceilings and interior divisions, lapacho for external walls and floors, iroko for under floor beams and laminated form work for under floors. Purpose designed furniture and interior fittings such as the kitchen island, set of tables and placards are made in finger joint eucalyptus. The interior quality of the nave is nearer a sailing boat than a house, it is an artificial interior floating on rough sea of sand and wind.
The house breathes wood, or wood and sea and sand according to the sun and the wind.
CityJose Ignacio, Maldonado
ClientDiana Cabeza and Jorge Hampton, architects
Gross Floor Area (mq)240
ArchitectsArchitectural design: Arq. Jorge Hampton - Interior design, furniture and detailing: Arq. Diana Cabeza
Design teamOn site studio Carolina Pedroni, Arq Valentina Berriel
Main ContractorSeparate trade contracts
ConsultantsElectrical: Edgardo Sequeyra; Plumbing: Claudio Marquet; Sustainabilty: Sur Solar; Lighting: Arturo Peruzzoti
SuppliersMaginor tropical woods (Montevideo)
Photo CreditsGustavo Sosa Pinilla
Curriculum studio / partecipanteDiana Cabeza is a designer of urban furniture and Jorge Hampton an architect, both practicing with their own offices in Buenos Aires. This husband and wife team undertook the design process outside their office structure and managed to complete all phases till completion during 2015.
Diana Cabeza designs and produces urban furniture for cities worldwide. The standard urban elements are completed with site specific projects such as the Metrobus urban transport system for Buenos Aires, street furniture for Ropongi Hills and Toranomon Hills in Tokyo, etc.
Jorge Hampton is partner in Hampton+Rivoira+arquitectos, a well known local architectural practice since 1984. We have been involved in a variety of built projects including mayor refurbishments (Bank of Boston), interior design (Sofitel hotel), aviary (Temaiken biopark), oil drilling support buildings (YPF), housing projects (Procrear Mendoza), various downtown offices and dozens of family homes.
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