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Architects: En Obra Arquitectos

Team: Luis Cisneros, Rosario Hillebrand, Sofia Falcón, Eugenia Sosa Abab

Collaboration: Facundo Casales

Total area: 1000m²

Building area: 188m²

Year: 2023

Construction: Narciso González, Albaro Franco

Photography: Mariano Imperial

Location: Costa Esmeralda, Buenos Aires, Argentina

Based in Pianamar, Buenos Aires, the studio undertakes works and programs of a public and/or private nature on various scales. It has projects completed throughout the country, as well as internationally.

Bordering the Partido de Pinamar is the Partido de la Costa, composed of a series of urban development projects, including the “Costa Esmeralda” neighborhood. Surrounded by forests and coastal dunes, it is bounded by the Argentine Sea to the east, National Route No. 11 to the west, and features that encourage residential growth on both small and large scales. Casa Pirca is located within the neighborhood on a rectangular plot, with a steep longitudinal level difference, dividing it in two, showcasing its major quality.

In response to this, a wall was designed to divide the land into two levels and support a volume resting on it. The term “Pirca” refers to walls that act as retaining structures for embankments, defining roads and paths, or enclosed spaces for cultivation, commonly used by Andean peoples.

Applying both ideas in a complex plot, a wall is proposed that, along its total length, serves various functions: creating the entrance and garage space, containing a slope, supporting the house as a foundation, providing storage space underneath, and finishing with the pool boundaries.

The functional response aims to take advantage of the particular quality of the plot and the best orientation, presenting a pure volume of closed concrete on the south side and open on the north side. Under the concept of a summer residence, materials that do not require constant maintenance are essential in the coastal area.

We combine a mixed construction process that emphasizes material purity, such as exposed concrete and local stone.The aluminum-framed windows, in anodized black, contribute their own brightness and transparency. The chosen and integrally designed furniture throughout the house is manufactured in white lacquered MDF panels, enhancing the synthesis and neutrality that the residence seeks to convey in its entirety, both functionally and formally.

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