The vernacular architecture of Ibiza finds a home in the mountains of Argentina

The single-family residence designed by Grupo Boreal is a lime-coated construction that offers a up-to-date transposition of a classic Mediterranean building typology.

Designed in close collaboration with the clients, the new single-family residence by Grupo Boreal architecture firm in the mountains around Cordoba, Argentina, is set within a seven-hectare estate, prominently positioned above the surrounding forests.

Spread over a single level, the house takes its inspiration not from the many rural constructions that dot the Argentine hinterland, but from the characteristic white houses of the traditional architecture of Ibiza. Oriented so as to benefit from the best exposure to light in winter, but equipped to protect from the sun's rays in summer, the house is developed around a partially covered courtyard, following a U-shaped plan. Thanks to its position, its small size, and the linearity of its rounded volumes, the architecture does not appear out of context, but knows how to fit harmoniously into the mountain landscape.

The relationship with the forest, magnified by the view framed by large windows, is enhanced in the large rooms on which the interiors are distributed. From the outside, a masonry staircase covered with bricks offers access to a portion of the roof, equipped as a terrace in the best tradition of Spanish island houses. On the rest of the roof, solar and photovoltaic panels provide electricity and hot water.

San Clemente, Cordoba, Argentina
Single-family house
Grupo Boreal
Lead architects:
Federico Olmedo, Emiliano Torres
Federico Olmedo, Emiliano Torres, Consuelo Linares, Florián Lopez
170 sqm

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