During the first meeting with the sponsor the requirements for the house were clear, but a “modern house” is a broad concept to start the project definition. We were looking for a low-cost house that could satisfy the requirements from an ephemeral user. As a result, we’ve chosen to prioritize simplicity in the design, execution, and construction.
The houses surrounding the site are very different in terms of shape and size. Our first task was to open the house to the south as well as the landscape, which also gave the facade discreet access. The house was developed through a concrete slab that is “flying” over the south facade in order to protect the large windows from the summer sun. The energy rating for this project is an A.
The house was developed using two central design concepts: to be constructed for one occupant and to utilize open space. With this in mind, the design achieved a fluid continuity from indoors to outdoors, via the large windows comprising the facade. The other side of the house is the most exposed area to the neighborhood, and is thus closed to give the occupant total privacy.
The interior mains a completely open floor plan; only the bathroom is placed in a “service area” near the wardrobe and kitchen. The volume maintains balanced, pure shapes with no discordance; no volumes clash one against another. Only the cantilevers generate the transitions from the public to private.
The definition of modern is: “of or related to the present times.” Our time calls for simplicity, austerity, efficiency, and architectural quality — all requirements realized in our design.