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Modern black house on the lake

The black house was born by the request of a young couple, brought to architecture firm .¨This single 3,552 square foot (330 square meters) house is located in a closed neighborhood, 30km. away from Buenos Aires. Argentina. The lot, 20 meters wide and 50 meters length with 3 meter of lateral retreats, has amazing views to the lake.

The analysis of the lot showed the architects the advantages and disadvantages they should take into account along the entire design process. The best views to the lake were at the back of the lot, while the best orientation was at the front. The surrounding houses and the wide lot marked the visuals they should use.

The simple program, for a socially active couple without children, made relevant the resolution of the social areas. The architects decided to divide the social areas in two. In one side are located the common areas, such as the kitchen and the dining room. On the other side is located the living room, closer to the lake.”

The shallow pool that divides the house in two allows the indirect light to bathe the interiors, as the northern sun reflects its light on the water surface. This way, light is present in every corner of the house, but never in a direct way.

Both programs are connected by a glass bridge, with the water running under your feet.
The living room, 10 meters wide and 5 meters in length, opens to the exterior using glass walls allowing a clear view to the lake.

The resolution of the first floor follows the same criteria of differencing areas. At the front are located the bedrooms for the future children, with views to the lake. As a bridge, joining the two volumes in the lower floor is the main bedroom with a giant overhang that conquers the best views to the lake, seeming to float over the water.

The Black House has an almost provocative sobriety, where the pure white in the inside provokes an emotive contrast with the absolute black in the outside; a strong characteristic that names the house.

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