La Boyita Residence was designed by studio Martin Gomez Arquitectos and is a contemporary beach home located in Punta del Este, Uruguay. The residence was built using concrete, iron, glass and wood. Here is more information from the architects: “The project consists of five blocks and a main block with a living and dining area with the best views to the sea and towards the swimming pool, completely protected from the wind, as it is placed in the center of the project. The other blocks contain a service area and other guest room blocks. This independence was crucial to make his guests get the feeling of being in alone in a hotel. The galleries that sorround these concrete blocks end up creating the idea of outdoor living rooms and lead to a fluid transition between the interior and the exterior, with fantastic panoramic views.” Can you think of any other design ideas that would make this beach home even friendlier?
Energy during the construction process was saved by using FSC-certified glulam timber instead of steel to create the building’s distinctive wavy roof, while the store’s external walls use hemclad, a highly innovative insulator made from hemp, which, like all plants, absorbs CO2 from the atmosphere as it grows. An 80,000 litre water tank below ground provides water for the store’s toilets and waters the site’s green wall’, which provides natural insulation, acts as an all-natural pollution filter near the car park, and helps to encourage biodiversity. The result is a building that uses a fraction of the energy of structures of a similar size, and is still very popular with local shoppers.
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