A monolithic residential structure named Buenos Mares Villa rises from the sloping terrain of this resort village in Uruguay. Stonework and wood envelope the building designed by RDR Arquitectos and were also used to create the stunning interiors. Light curtains hint towards the slightly visible separation line between the indoors and outdoors. While the night sets in, the main living space becomes comfortable and almost secluded, overlooking the southern coast of Uruguay. An infinity pool on the edge of the stone terrace steals the attention away from the thick white overhangs shaping a covered terrace guarded by a tree and guiding footsteps towards a sunny courtyard.
Lower levels were reserved for social zones, while the upper volume concentrates the views on large stretches of water. Bunk beds in the children’s room display wood elements that link the entire interior design, while the master bedroom delights parents with a light and breezy space composition. Uncomplicated in design and following the contours of the land, this textured residential structure compliments the surroundings and borrows views to filter through sliding doors and large dark framed windows. A terrace surrounded by the green roof on the main bedroom’s level offers still moments, when inhabitant, house and nature meet in a part man-made, part natural setting.
What is new and exciting now can quickly begin to look tired and out of fashion, so the best buildings don’t just consider what will be interesting to look at now, but also how it might look to people in five, fifty or even a hundred years’ time. 2013’s hotly contested RIBA Stirling Prize went to Witherford Watson Mann Architects for their work on Astley Castle, Warwickshire. In what RIBA Past President Stephen Hodder has described as an extreme retrofit, the project essentially saw a new building inserted subtly into the heart of the old, with a new, two storey residence now hidden within the sandstone walls of the ruins of this medieval castle, to be used as a holiday home for up to eight guests
Inside the school, a wall made of cross-laminated timber separates classrooms from the main corridor, providing a space for storage and study. With very little to work with, the architects have managed to create a building that is much more than just the sum of all of its parts