Wooden panelling is paired with board-marked concrete surfaces at Buenos Aires home

Located in Tortuguitas neighbourhood, Casa Aranzazu by Besonías Almeida alternates concrete partitions and wooden surfaces obtained from guayubira trees.

Besonías Almeida Arquitectos, Casa Aranzazu, Buenos Aires, Argentina, 2017

Besonías Almeida Arquitectos chose expressive materials for Casa Aranzazu, a suburban home in Tortuguitas, a closed neighbourhood – or barrio cerrado – founded in 1968. The generous spaces of the residence revolve around the existing oak trees, and had been designed following a structural grid of 3.80 by 3.80 meters.

The wooden panels, made of guayubira wood – or Patagonula Americana – refer to the board-marked concrete surfaces of the building; indeed, the latter reports a similar module, given by the wooden planks of the formwork in which the cement was poured. The program of the building has been developed according to the request of the clients concerning the need for an intense relationship between indoor and outdoor spaces.

Besonías Almeida Arquitectos, Casa Aranzazu, Buenos Aires, Argentina, 2017
Besonías Almeida Arquitectos, Casa Aranzazu, Buenos Aires, Argentina, 2017

Casa Aranzazu sits on a corner plot of the neighbourhood and is accessed from its north-east side. The entrance door opens on a raw-concrete stair on the backdrop of a glazed surface, overlooking the old oak trees which are surrounded by the two wings of the house. The program develops on two floors; the ground floor hosts open-space living areas in close connection with the external gallery and swimming pool. The upper floor hosts three of the four bedrooms of the residence, along with services and storage.

Casa Aranzazu
Tortuguitas, Buenos Aires, Argentina
single-family house
Besonías Almeida Arquitectos
Partners in charge:
María Victoria Besonías, Guillermo de Almeida
Micaela Salibe, Diorella Fortunati, Guido Galluppo, Hernán de Almeida
264 sqm

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