Arena House / ZIM arquitextura

Arena House / ZIM arquitextura

Text description provided by the architects. The project involves designing and constructing a house on the Argentine coast, specifically on a plot with a very particular topography. This terrain features a sand dune, a natural accumulation of sand common in coastal areas. Instead of viewing this dune as an obstacle, the project was based on harnessing this unique feature of the land to our advantage.

Arena House / ZIM arquitextura - Exterior Photography, Handrail
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Arena House / ZIM arquitextura - Exterior Photography

A detailed study of the terrain’s topography was conducted to understand how to integrate the dune into the house’s design. Rather than completely leveling the land, the decision was made to design the house to adapt to the natural slope of the dune. This not only preserves the natural beauty of the environment but also reduces the need for excavation and filling, thereby minimizing the project’s environmental impact.

Arena House / ZIM arquitextura - Exterior Photography, Concrete
Arena House / ZIM arquitextura - Exterior Photography, Facade
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Arena House / ZIM arquitextura - Exterior Photography, Facade

The house is designed to adapt to the terrain’s unique topography, blending with the natural environment in a harmonious and functional manner. Instead of building on or completely leveling the dune, the house integrates with the dune’s natural slope. Part of the structure is buried in the dune, while another part rises above ground level. This strategy maximizes the available space and creates a usable outdoor surface on top of the house, which becomes an ideal area to enjoy views of the sea and the coastal climate.

Arena House / ZIM arquitextura - Interior Photography, Kitchen, Countertop, Sink
Arena House / ZIM arquitextura - Interior Photography, Kitchen, Table, Countertop, Beam

The usable outdoor surface is a terrace that provides an outdoor space for recreational activities, entertainment, or simply for relaxation and enjoyment of the natural surroundings.

Arena House / ZIM arquitextura - Exterior Photography
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Arena House / ZIM arquitextura - Exterior Photography, Windows

By partially burying the house in the dune, several benefits are achieved, including greater energy efficiency by utilizing the natural insulation provided by the surrounding soil. Additionally, the house visually integrates with the surrounding landscape, minimizing its impact on the coastal environment and respecting the natural beauty of the area.

Arena House / ZIM arquitextura - Exterior Photography

In summary, the house on the Argentine coast creatively utilizes the dune as an integral part of its design, leveraging its unique topography to create a residence that harmoniously merges with the natural environment and offers an exceptional coastal living experience.

Arena House / ZIM arquitextura - Exterior Photography, Facade
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Arena House / ZIM arquitextura - Exterior Photography

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