Architect Roberto Benito’s is one the most relevant architects of the 2000s in Argentina where this project also sits, in the architect hometown San Francisco—a town with a population of a little under 60,000 in the eastern Cordoba Province far away from the hustle and bustle of cities like Buenos Aires.
Built in 2012, this house is approximately 295 square-meters and is known for its eye-drawing appeal to the passerby riding or walking down nearby gravel roads. It almost forces you to take a moment, stop, and admire it for its device.
The L-shaped residence seeks to portray a tranquil modern feel paired with a stimulating living arrangement that is generated by its simplicity. Benito’s design is composed of three rectangles that form three prisms to convey a design of simple, but subtle volumes shaped to replicate an L.
The roof is unique in that it is not tile or stucco, but rather a large concrete slab which seemingly slides under the sky before dropping toward the terrain on one side of the property. However, on this side, the concrete never actually reaches the ground.
What sticks out most about the design of this property is Benito’s use of a red axis. This figure crosses the home and divided the design with a stark color not seen anywhere else on the property. One side of the residence is primarily composed of concrete while the other is a comfortable, homey wood finish. The side with the large, open entertaining spaces has a floor of concrete while the side of the property with the bedrooms has a floor made of wood panels.
Three bedrooms, one of which is a master bedroom, make the design usable for a family. There are three bathrooms and the carport is large enough to hold two vehicles. Outside space is designed perfectly for hosting with a built-in concrete table and grill and ample amount of concrete terrace/patio for setting tables and chairs.
To connect the residents with nature, the environment around the property is extensive and easy to take in while standing in front the large floor-to-ceiling windows and glass doors on various sides of the structure. Being rather flat in appearance promotes the use of both interior and exterior spaces naturally. However, the most unique element about this design is its shadow effect.
The architect describes this house as an “artisanal envelope” because it creates a constantly changing pattern of shadows throughout the day due to the Sun’s positioning in relation to the concrete slabs of the structure.
Photos by Gonzalo Viramonte