triangular courtyard slices moarqs' remote, pitch-roofed house in argentina forest 

triangular courtyard slices moarqs' remote, pitch-roofed house in argentina forest 

moarqs tucks house in meliquina in argentina forest

 

Overlooking the Lake Meliquina in Argentina, this scenic vacation home by moarqs sits within the Patagonian Andean forest, engulfed in native vegetation. With its dark corrugated steel skin and wooden interiors, the structure becomes at one with its environment, positioned to capture panoramic views of the glacial lakes and mountains beyond.

 

Adopting an eco-conscious approach, the studio integrates ecological strategies for self-sufficiency given the house’s remote forest location and lack of on-site services. Water is harvested from rainfall and stored in tanks; solar panels and batteries generate electrical power; heating is provided by a combination of wood stoves and radiant water systems, minimizing environmental impact and ensuring residents can enjoy diverse climates year-round.

moarqs fits self-sufficient house in argentina forest with solar and water-harvesting systems
all images by Javier Agustin Rojas

 

 

a self-sufficient home for remote year-round functioning

 

The House in Meliquina, nestled on the mountainside, occupies a 1500 square meter plot with the main floor spanning 100 square meters. moarqs has optimized the program to bring in abundant natural light and views of the environment, positioning two small bedrooms and a bathroom on the upper level, and primary living spaces on the ground level. Here, a 41-degree rotation forms an interior triangular courtyard amid the steep pitched roofs sloping in different directions, seamlessly connecting the night and day zones.

 

Compliant with seismic regulations, the Buenos Aires-based studio has completed the structure with a reinforced concrete slab foundation supporting a lightweight framed structure constructed with pine wood. The exterior is sheathed in 5mm pre-painted black corrugated steel sheets with a zincalum base, while white-painted eucalyptus planks inject lightness across the interiors, from the flooring to the vertical surfaces.

moarqs fits self-sufficient house in argentina forest with solar and water-harvesting systems
moarqs tucks House in Meliquina in Argentina forest

moarqs fits self-sufficient house in argentina forest with solar and water-harvesting systems
the house enjoys views of nature from its mountainside location

moarqs fits self-sufficient house in argentina forest with solar and water-harvesting systems
clad in dark corrugated steel

moarqs fits self-sufficient house in argentina forest with solar and water-harvesting systems
moarqs integrates ecological strategies for self-sufficiency given the remote location and lack of on-site services

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moarqs fits self-sufficient house in argentina forest with solar and water-harvesting systems
the living spaces embrace views of the outdoors and abundant natural light

moarqs fits self-sufficient house in argentina forest with solar and water-harvesting systems
white-painted eucalyptus planks inject lightness across the interiors

moarqs fits self-sufficient house in argentina forest with solar and water-harvesting systems
compliant with seismic regulations, the structure is completed with a reinforced concrete slab foundation

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project info:

 

name: House in Meliquina

location: Argentina

architect: moarqs | @moarqs

lead architect: Ignacio Montaldo

collaborators: Isabel Schmid, Christian Dragan, Nicolás Podesta

construction management: Tulio Rossini

structure: Flavio Caldas

plumbing: Eduardo Gamulin

lighting: Veronica La Cruz

plot area: 1497 square meters

built area: 147 square meters

photographer: Javier Agustin Rojas | @javieragustinrojas

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