BAK arquitectos: casa JD
BAK arquitectos: casa JD BAK arquitectos: casa JD
sep 28, 2011

BAK arquitectos: casa JD

‘casa JD’ by BAK arquitectos in mar azul, buenos aires, argentina all images courtesy BAK arquitectos image © gustavo sosa pinilla

‘casa JD’ by argentinian practice BAK arquitectos (maria victoria besonias, guillermo de almeida, luciano kruk) is a two bedroom residence situated on a lush and sloped site in mar azul, buenos aires, argentina. an intersecting composition of two perpendicular rectangular volumes, the design generates a spacious communal area that is interspersedly defined by strips of transparency, directly linking the interior to the forest beyond.

exterior view image © gustavo sosa pinilla

utilizing the strong topography of the land, the structure partially conceals its presence within a small clearing in the woods. as much of the forestry was preserved during the construction process, with a balcony platform wrapping around existing trees. the finish of the concrete facade results in a highly textual aesthetic that does not take away from the natural elements of the site. in contrast to the heaviness of the material, horizontally running bands of windows have been sliced out of the surface to maintain a level of lightness to the structure.

elevation image © gustavo sosa pinilla

spacious and multifunctional, the communal area rests at the junction of the two prism forms, utilizing the extra vertical space created from the overlap. the slightly private nooks created at the extremities of the layout become a kitchen/bar, lounge, and living space. elevated windows situated at different elevations and directions generate an added sense of depth in addition to making the natural backdrop of the site an integral element to the living atmosphere.

porch at rear of house image © gustavo sosa pinilla

cantilevered terrace image © gustavo sosa pinilla

cantilevered terrace image © gustavo sosa pinilla

entrance and wooden platform image © gustavo sosa pinilla

glass boundary between veranda and interior image © gustavo sosa pinilla

living room image © gustavo sosa pinilla

living room image © gustavo sosa pinilla

ribbon clerestory window image © gustavo sosa pinilla

stairway image © gustavo sosa pinilla

lounge image © gustavo sosa pinilla

bedroom image © gustavo sosa pinilla

bathroom image © gustavo sosa pinill

glowing from the interior image © gustavo sosa pinilla

illuminated at dusk image © gustavo sosa pinilla

night view image © gustavo sosa pinilla

site plan

floor plan / level 1








project info:

site area: 600 m2 built area: 166 m2

  • love it!

    valenutella says:
  • I think it is the best house i have seen in 2011! awsome!

    stev says:
  • ditto that – could totally live there

    lelliB says:
  • This house is beautiful
    but where is the entrance? I can’t find it on the plans…
    did you find it?

    suzette says:
  • wow + +​+

    joy says:
  • Ye olde split level, rendered in concrete. Many nice details, though, and with admirable restraint.

    Tom P says:
  • Son unos genios..tuve la suerte de conocerla personalmente (desde afuera) tienen como 10 casas mas similares. Todas hermosas. Felicitaciones a mis compatriotas!!.

    Santi Luis says:
  • LOVE IT!

    When in doubt, peace and pout says:
  • the entrance is to the left after walking up the stairs from the ground

    dbkii says:
  • fantastic

    spe says:
  • a few too many designer indulgences.
    overall, not bad.
    but really..

    that poor zebra

    peta.greenpeace.wwf says:
  • Schade, dass wir so etwas in unserem Klima mit einem nachhaltigen Anspruch nicht bauen können. Eine Arie voller Wärmebrücken. Aber ich will kein Spaßverderber sein und erfreue mich an dem Purismus.

  • Brilliant House…Sad Zebra

    moggoid says:
  • kudos to BAK arquitectos, this is the best work I have seen in quite some time!!!

    ds says:
  • nice design of the spaces,
    but the word BRUTALISM comes to me when i see this concrete for a living-house…
    ecological materials? concrete is not really one of them!

    GG says:
  • Great

    cgdzin says:
  • Great !
    This is architecture !

    james says:
  • vamos canejooo!

    pablo says:

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