KM House

by Estudio Pablo Gagliardo
KM House Estudio Pablo Gagliardo

Family house located a few kilometers from the city of Rosario, Argentina, in Portal de Aldea, a low-density residential neighborhood.
On a corner lot, the ground floor volume was longitudinal implanted at the south limit, disposing the main entrance on the avenue. Its facade is closed to the outside views, but opened to the inside, strengthening the dialogue with the landscape and benefiting the direction of the sun to the social areas of the house. This volume also contains the main bedroom, with its own dressing room and bathroom. A service area with a secondary kitchen and toilette, barbecue and an alternative access to the second floor, is designed as a support to the gallery and swimming pool area.
The second floor volume was implanted like a “crossing bridge” on top of the ground floor, creating a wide-opened space underneath it, in the heart of the house, with dimensions similar to the main living room. The idea is to obtain two different multifunctional spaces to be used on different times of the day or seasons. This gallery allows east-west continuity along the terrain. The house is essentially closed to the south, opening in favor to the north and east, which are the privileged orientations, as the location is on the south hemisphere.
The result of this volumetry is a double height space over the main entrance that connects the two levels. To maintain the ground floor as free as possible, the children´s bedrooms, utilities and other flexible uses, like a studio and guest bedroom, were disposed on the second floor. It also hosts a social space, used as a playroom, opened to the void of the main entrance.
As a constructive and aesthetic solution, exposed concrete is adopted in all structural and closure elements, such as, ceilings, walls and columns. The formworks were all made with wooden structure, to create a plank texture in all surfaces. Interior and exterior flooring, are all made of micro concrete, which creates a great continuity between the different spaces.

Photos courtesy of Estudio Pablo Gagliardo

Sponsor

Sponsor

  • Bromont Residence

    Bromont Residence

    Situated on a hill in the undulating countryside of Bromont, this secondary residence sits, between forest and clearing, at the end of a road burnished by time. The challenge consi...

  • Writing Studio

    Writing Studio

    This building was commissioned as a library and writing studio for a historian. The site is approached on foot through a stand of trees. There is no drive. The library sits at the ...

  • Cerrada Reforma 108

    Cerrada Reforma 108

    Cerrada Reforma 108 is a residential project located in San Angel, in the south of Mexico City. The plot is rectangular and its dimensions are 10 x 20 meters.
    The concept o...

  • Billionaire Rupert Murdoch’s New Pad

    Billionaire Rupert Murdoc..

    Rupert Murdoch, 82, just bought the top four floors of One Madison, a new Manhattan condo building for $57.25 million! The media tycoon lost his Fifth Ave. pad in his divorce from ...

  • House on Lake Okoboji

    House on Lake Okoboji

    It’s all about the lake,” was our clients’ direction when we began designing this vacation home in rural Iowa.
    Located in rural Iowa, Lake Okoboji is a part of a glaci...

  • Naust Paa Aure

    Naust Paa Aure

    The boathouse is a cultural and historical hallmark of Norways coastal regions, where fishing used to be the primary profession. They have traditionally been used for storing boats...

  • Aenaon Villas

    Aenaon Villas

    Aenaon villas is situated at the highest and narrowest part of Santorini, right on the edge of the world-famous caldera, and it is open to all four points of the horizon, from east...

  • Outdoors Indoors House

    Outdoors Indoors House

    Japanese studio Be-Fun Design has recently completed the Outdoors Indoors House project in collaboration with Kohei Iwasaki and Tota Abe of EANA. Located in Shinagawa-Ku, one of th...

  • Sobrino House

    Sobrino House

    Facing a complex project where the house is also a workplace, we proposed an organized level where all the living uses and human relations are possible: relax, shelter, contemplati...

  • Santa Monica Canyon Residence

    Santa Monica Canyon Resid..

    This residence is nestled into a down-sloping hillside property in little Santa Monica Canyon. A path descends into and impromptu, landscaped amphitheater along a path that bends, ...