richter dahl rocha & associés renovates + expands morro chico ranch in argentinian patagonia

richter dahl rocha & associés renovates + expands morro chico ranch in argentinian patagonia

richter dahl rocha & associés has renovated and expanded estancia morro chico, a ranch in argentinian patagonia, dating back to the beginning of the last century. the project combines a complex for sheep farming and a newly built family home, all developed under a layout similar to that of a compact village, a characteristic of traditional ranch architecture in the region. the exteriors of all buildings within the complex are clad in corrugated iron, which contrasts with the warmth and softness of the wood that has been used predominantly inside, but is also visible outside in different amounts.

images by cristobal palma, javier rojas, celine frers



richter dahl rocha & associés has added a series of new constructions to the existing complex, including a depot for storage, a sheep-shearing shed, a building for staff accommodation and a family house. for the construction, the architects have used a system of prefabricated wood and metal, clad with corrugated iron, not very different from that used by the pioneers of the region, addressing the same problems of logistics and the scarcity of local resources that existed at that time. at the same time, the family house is characterized by a large amount of wood, which becomes progressively less as the buildings become more utilitarian, until it disappears completely in the sheep-shearing shed.



in order to comply with the proposed energy concept, all heated buildings, whether new or existing, were insulated and covered with the same corrugated sheets, creating a unified exterior for the entire complex. drawing from traditional architecture of the region, which demonstrated extreme austerity and an almost primitive simplicity, the project comprises a series of well-defined variations on the theme of sheds with corrugated roofs, according to the function and character of each construction. there are simple forms like that of the sheep-shearing shed, and other, more complex forms like that of the family house.



project info:



name: estancia morro chico

architect: richter dahl rocha & associés

use: complex for sheep farming and family home

location: paraje puente blanco, ruta nacional n° 40, santa cruz, argentina

floor area: 5260 m2

team lausanne: ignacio dahl rocha, santiago pagés

team buenos aires: ignacio dahl rocha, bruno emmer, facundo morando, susana barra, agustín azar, clara carrera, roberto lombardi, pablo peirano, sofía vivacqua

general contractor: enobra SA

structural engineer: ing. alejandra fogel

sanitary engineer: LAH

landscape architect: ernestina anchorena

other consultants: dante melano (energías renovables), frisia sa climatizaciones (termomecánica), estia (eficiencia energética), sursolar (energías renovables)

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