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The design concept is based on two intersecting prisms situated on a naturally inclined site within the trees ensuring the survival of natural environments.

Casa JD

The design of this house is a continuation of a ‘building in the forest’ research done by BAK arquitectos, which started in 2004 with the design of their first house in Mar Azul. The architects examine the possibility of building without losing the environmental quality of the site, proposing alternatives to ensure the survival of natural environments. This involves a minimal architecture in terms of not only of form but in materials and particularly minimum site intervention. This is achieved by ‘listening to the forest’ and what the site tries to communicate, along with practising ‘seeing for the first time’ on behalf of the architects.

The low budget along with the no maintenance requirement set the aesthetic and construction limitations of the project. High compact, waterproof, fair faced concrete provided the necessary insulation and covered the no maintenance factor. The use of glass captures natural light and allows views of the landscape in all directions.

Casa JD rests on a 20 x 30 metre site, has two bedrooms with the flexibility to transform part of the large living/dining space into a third one, a kitchen as well as generous outdoor spaces. The design concept is based on two intersecting prisms situated on a naturally inclined site within the trees, in this way hiding part of its volume. The trees seem to penetrate the house as wood, along with concrete, is a predominant feature of its interior. Wooden steps and a deck lead to the living room. Wooden sliding panels provide a seamless continuation of the exterior and the interior. This level of access is a unique space where different uses are defined by height differences caused by the intersection of prisms and cross sections of concrete walls. Except for the beds, couches and chairs the rest of the equipment of this housing is concrete cast.

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Casa JD, a summer house by BAK arquitectos in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Photos by Gustavo Sosa Pinilla.
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ARCHITECT: BAK arquitectos, Buenos Aires, Argentina. LOCATION: Mar Azul, Villa Gesell, province of Buenos Aires, Argentina. DESIGN: María Victoria Besonías, Luciano Kruk. COLLABORATING ARCHITECTS: Sebastian Indri, arq. Leandro Pomier. AREA: 166.5 sqm. PHOTOES: Gustavo Sosa Pinilla. DATE: 2009. No part of this web site may be reproduced or transmitted in any form or by any means, electronic, mechanical, photocopying, recording or otherwise, without prior permission of Morfae and the copyright owner.
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Casa JD, a summer house by BAK arquitectos in Mar Azul, Buenos Aires, Argentina

The design concept is based on two intersecting prisms situated on a naturally inclined site within the trees ensuring the survival of natural environments.

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