Artsy and modern, this expansive home in Buenos Aires is a fusion of modern architecture and wide-open spaces. Designed by Ciudad y Arquitectura, the property is an angular structure of glass, concrete and metal that somehow blends with the surrounding vegetation and lawns.
Located in the city of Moreno, it is a neighborhood of tree-lined streets, plentiful gardens, and wide open spaces. The house actually faces a large park in the the area, called the San Diego neighborhood. While the scale of the house matches the neighboring properties, it is unique in its styling and architectural expression. The materials used are edgy and modern, but they blend into the surroundings with the concrete the same color as the bark on the trees and windows reflecting the trees and shrubs outside.
The concrete is the dominant material of the structure and defines the spaces, which are accented with large windows. The steel panels serve as a stylistic element that pulls together all the parts and as an additional privacy screen. In addition, the panels can slide, offering a flexible means of adjusting light, privacy and design. A concrete panel across the exterior breaks up the wide swath of windows and helps tie the design together.
Rather than plain expanses of concrete, the contemporary design includes elements such as planter areas on both levels and rounded, porthole-style openings that provide additional glimpses out the trees and sky.
A built-in planting area that runs the length of the house is another opportunity to add a natural element to the concrete structure. It is matched on the lower level with a water garden punctuated by pots of taller plantings. Both add greenery and a calming water feature to the house, which can be enjoyed from the inside as well as the outside.
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