The DNA of Murillo Housing originated in its implementation. The challenge of this projectwas to position five 200m2 duplex houses in a lot while imposing minimal interference withits existing wooded surroundings thus maximizing its harmony with nature. A major priority in this project was to keep majestic tress adjacent to each house.
Afteradditional studies on flow and natural illumination, we concluded that we could reach ourobjective by designing a cross shape plan accurately positioned in the terrain.
Thisprocedure resulted in an interesting rhythm where identical houses would have a distinctlook from every viewpoint.The shed style roofing and the emphasis on ethically responsible outdoor living withlandscaped gardens bore out of our visit to Carrasco, where we noticed a strongarchitectural identity established on the first half of the 20th Century with its simplisticbeauty and soul.The alternating wooden and corrugated sheeting façade reveals a visual quality broughtabout by a meticulous choice of materials and building details such as corrugatedcharcoal gray sheets, wood, white plaster, glass and native vegetation.The living and dining rooms are located on the ground level where an exterior woodenpaneled volume encases the kitchen and laundry area.The majestic trees provide soothing shield for an outdoor patio designated for gatheringswhere the BBQ grill is the main star.
The patio floor utilizes repurposed stones from the oldhouse maintaining our commitment to responsible and sustainable design.The TV room is situated beside the central volume that contains the powder room and thestairs leading to the second floor where three full suites are connected by a mezzaninestyle family room. The double height wall is comprised of glass panels exposing theabundant outdoors vegetation while providing for cross ventilation thus maintaining thehouse air fresh and well circulated.To resolve thermal insulation, we utilized double glass panels with solar protection; and onthe façade – either wood or corrugated sheeting – we purposedly left a gap between it andthe steel frame.Murillo Housing is a thoughtful result of an ongoing collaboration between Uruguaianarchitect Santiago Fernandez and Brazilian architect Candida Tabet..