alric galindez architects builds abstract MD house in patagonia
alric galindez architects builds abstract MD house in patagonia alric galindez architects builds abstract MD house in patagonia
may 27, 2015

alric galindez architects builds abstract MD house in patagonia

alric galindez architects builds abstract MD house in patagonia
image © alric galindez




argentina’s patagonia region is the epitome of the great outdoors. it’s both coarse and refined, characterized by huge frigidly cold lakes, snarling, snow-capped mountains, and dense vegetation. perched on a hillside near gutiérrez lake, in northern patagonia, is the ‘MD house’ by alric galindez architects.

‘MD house’ at night 
image © albano garcía




the architects explored a variety of ideas within the dwelling. most apparent is in the examination of interrelationships between humans, their built settings, and the natural landscape. the human presence, is this instance, is manifested through use of abstracted, geometrical forms, which directly juxtapose from the environment. the dichotomy continues through the forms, which are divided into volumes connected via small, exposed elements.

alric galindez architects MD house patagonia designboom
front promenade 
image © albano garcía




access to any of the house’s spaces implies going out of a form, into the environment, then opposite on entrance to another area. this idea of exposure cements an image of refuge into the space, made more serious by the region’s often unforgiving climate. in total, there are five built prisms, each rotated from an axis to continue a singular roof line. because of this, the disjointed volume’s can be read as a single abstract element. various connectors, including stairs, hallways, and bridges run from one structure to another.

detail of connecting stairwell 
image © albano garcía




the method also enhances the coziness of each volume. separating functions allows smaller spaces to be used more easily and efficiently, and their distance from each other gives inhabitants privacy and quiet. the spacious home is enhanced by the natural landscape, just as the environment is enhanced by the home.

alric galindez architects MD house patagonia designboom
room with a view 
image © albano garcía

juxtaposition of house in natural environment 
image © albano garcía

site plan

alric galindez architects MD house patagonia designboom
upper floor plan




designboom has received this project through its ‘DIY submissions’ feature, which welcomes readers to submit their own work for publication. see more designboom readers submissions here.


edited by: nick brink | designboom

    have something to add? share your thoughts in our comments section below.
    all comments are reviewed for the purposes of moderation before publishing.

    comments policy
    LOG IN
    designboom's comment policy guidelines
    generally speaking, if we publish something, it's because we're genuinely interested in the subject. we hope you'll share this interest and if you know even more about it, please share! our goal in the discussion threads is to have good conversation and we prefer constructive opinions. we and our readers have fun with entertaining ones. designboom welcomes alerts about typos, incorrect names, and the like.
    the correction is at the discretion of the post editor and may not happen immediately.

    what if you disagree with what we or another commenter has to say?
    let's hear it! but please understand that offensive, inappropriate, or just plain annoying comments may be deleted or shortened.

    - please do not make racist, sexist, anti-semitic, homophobic or otherwise offensive comments.
    - please don't personally insult the writers or your fellow commenters.
    - please avoid using offensive words, replacing a few letters with asterisks is not a valid workaround.
    - please don't include your website or e-mail address in your comments for the purpose of self-promotion.
    - please respect jury verdicts and do not discuss offensively on the competition results
    (there is only one fist prize, and designboom usually asks renown professionals to help us to promote talent.
    in addition to the awarded designs, we do feel that almost all deserve our attention, that is why we publish
    the best 100-200 entries too.)

    a link is allowed in comments as long as they add value in the form of information, images, humor, etc. (links to the front page of your personal blog or website are not okay). unwelcome links (to commercial products or services of others, offensive material etc. ) will be redacted. and, ... yes, spam gets banned. no, we do not post fake comments.


    a diverse digital database that acts as a valuable guide in gaining insight and information about a product directly from the manufacturer, and serves as a rich reference point in developing a project or scheme.

    architecture news

    keep up with our daily and weekly stories
    502,380 subscribers
    - see sample
    - see sample