The functional program for this house is pretty conventional. On the ground floor there are 3 bedrooms, the main one with dressing room and a private bathroom , and the other ones with a shared bathroom; it also includes a spacious kitchen with a special place for breakfast, both with visual to the courtyard, and a dinning and sitting room integrated with the gallery.
The client expressed the necessity of having a working space inside the house, so it was made far from the private zone and it is connected with the sitting room. On the subsoil it was developed a double garage and a service room with an included bathroom. The family was specially concerned about the sitting room and the gallery (merged for possible events) the main bedroom and the kitchen, that’s why they were given broader dimensions, the best visuals and cross-ventilation.
The project is defined by the topography of the land. It´s located in a corner, with 1700 sqm and a grade of 15 meters. It is embedded in a very rugged terrene, so it generates multiple visuals either to the valley or to other hills with the presence of lots of vegetation. As it is a corner land, it gives the possibility of accessing by a side slope or up and then down. Lots of alternatives were checked, if the access was by the top, although the house had 3 floors, it remain lower compared to the level of the superior street; if the access was by the slope side, many complications of the floor would make fragmented spaces in the interior.
Finally, we insisted on generating the access by the top, so it appeared the idea of making a green terrace with a shaft through which you access the house. By this way we annulled the competition between the entry scale and the immensity of the landscape, making the house disappear and giving the feeling that the ground continues and blends with nature. The fact of letting the ground continue, works as a weather protection from the south aggression.