estudio PK's 'casa hormiga' restoration in buenos aires is infused with lush plant life

estudio PK's 'casa hormiga' restoration in buenos aires is infused with lush plant life

casa hormiga: a breezy, sunlit intervention

 

Argentina-based architecture practice Estudio PK presents its latest work, a residential restoration dubbed Casa Hormiga. Located in Buenos Aires’ San Fernando City, the pre-existing dwelling stood as a humble, single floor house. The design team’s main focus during the project was to preserve the footprint of the existing structure, topping it with a lightweight addition that ‘creates a nexus between the authentic house and the new intervention.’ The resulting home stands as a single block divided by its lower half finished in rusticated brickwork, and its upper level which opens broadly with an operable facade of white perforated screening. 

estudio pka casa hormigaimages © Alejandro Peral | @alejandroperalphotography

 

 

The design by estudio pk

 

The architects at Estudio PK develop the Casa Hormiga restoration to celebrate both the heritage of the house and the contemporary addition. With this spirit, the team leaves the brick façade exposed so that the original construction — once covered over with a white finish — can be seen. Above, the upper floor is built with balloon framing and white sheet metal cladding. The perforated screen shows at the front of the house, transforming the space with its folding shutters. the team writes: ‘the duality of what was (the base of the existing house) and what is new can be seen: the structure of sliding folding sheet metal shutters that gives dynamism to the facade.’

estudio pka casa hormiga

 

 

The architects at Estudio PK continue: ‘Based on the possibilities and opportunities offered by the old building, the secondary partitions were eliminated in order to dynamize the floor plan, obtain more generous spaces and bring more light into the interior of the house.

 

‘From this subtraction, a courtyard was generated that provides light and a new landscape. This perforation gives it visual permeability by being through the courtyard-gallery-garden sequence. New elements were only added when necessary in terms of comfort and functionality.’

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secondary partitions were eliminated to open up the floor plan estudio pka casa hormiga
the house is infused with plant life

estudio pka casa hormigaskylights flood the space with sunlight

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large windows invite views of the vegetation from the rear garden

estudio pka casa hormigawhite sheet metal cladding wraps the rear of the renovated house

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the upper level appears as a glowing box in the evening

 

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estudio PK’s ‘casa hormiga’ restoration in buenos aires is infused with lush plant life
 
estudio PK’s ‘casa hormiga’ restoration in buenos aires is infused with lush plant life
 
estudio PK’s ‘casa hormiga’ restoration in buenos aires is infused with lush plant life
 
estudio PK’s ‘casa hormiga’ restoration in buenos aires is infused with lush plant life
 

project info:

 

project title: Casa Hormiga

architecture: Estudio PK | @estudiopka

location: San Fernando, Buenos Aires, Argentina

completion: 2022

photographer: © Alejandro Peral | @alejandroperalphotography

 

principal architects in charge: Ignacio Pessagno, Lilian Kandus

other participants: Lucila López, Denise Andreoli, Belén Luna Crook, Belén López Astrada, Milagros Caride, Vanesa Rolón, Denise Bardelli, Melany D’angelo, Sofía Vier Abinet, Renata Stechina

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