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The Contemporary Memoria Casa Codina, Argentina

Mendoza-based architects A4estudio have designed Casa Codina. This stunning contemporary home can be found in the beautiful city of Mendoza, Argentina, the city is the largest producer of wine in Latin America. The luxury house is situated on flat land of 1,500 square meters in a residential area within the city.

It is in a typical continental climatic zone, with large weather amplitudes between stations where the natural breeze blows from the south.

The project was an opportunity to rethink the suburban houses facilities in up and coming urban spaces in contemporary Latin American. Trying to understand the space as a stimulator, suggesting sensitive geometries that optimize weather conditions and operate from a green conscience.

The house is built around an interior central courtyard, opening the main spaces to a large garden. These spaces are organised in a north direction, gaining direct heat by solar radiation, the smaller and private spaces, are oriented to the east, leaving the services areas to the west.

Due to the natural movement of air masses, the volume of air in the central courtyard rises, bringing great environmental benefits to the garden.

The big concrete wall that emerges from the central courtyard, its fundamental object was to protect the house from solar radiation from the west. To protect the west façade, a micro perforated aluminum material was chosen to ventilate it. The same material was used to design the main façade of the house.

The result, is a project full of contrasts, where the dramatic scope of access, from where you can only see the ground and sky, faces to an open and deep interior space, where multiple instances can be understood visually, where everything seems to be simultaneous in space and time.

Furniture and interiors are to a very high standard, the flat polished guatambú wood, the black boards doors and other materials, contrast with the main structure.

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September 3, 2011 | Property | View comments

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