Making Outdoor Activities Under the Roof

Laprida House, Making Outdoor Activities Under the Roof. The commission arises from a meeting about the possibility of expanding an existing house of modern stile well preserved; trying to avoid that the modifications make the house suffer a loss of quality and original meaning.

We understood that the challenge was interesting and that our intervention could improve the present situation, since the house was too compact and small compared with the deep and generous lot where it’s implanted.

The modification implied a new bedroom with bathroom and dresser, a place with a grill to lunch and be outdoors, and a multipurpose room at the end of the lot.

The social area of the original house was downstairs with a double height sector and the bedrooms were upstairs with a circulation over the double height sector as balconies.

The proposal was to conceive the expansion as an independent volume which couldn’t compromise the original work in any formal or constructive way, being separated from it by a courtyard and connected to it upstairs by a narrow bridge.  With this provision, we freed the ground floor to allow the original social area of the house doesn’t lose the views to the garden and the outdoor activities could take place under a roof.


Location: Vicente López, province of Buenos Aires, Argentina

Architecture studio: BAK arquitectos

Architects: Arch. María Victoria Besonias, Arch. Luciano Kruk

Collaborator: Architect Leandro Pomies

Land area: 470.18m2

Built area: 120.43m2

Completion: 2009

Photos: Guilherme Morelli




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