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"Less is more," says Jorge
Muradas, a leading
Argentine architect with
Acento Studio, borrowing
the famous quote from Mies Van der Rohe
to describe this home outside Buenos Aires.
e 20th-century design icon, however, is
just one of a number of architects whose
work inspired the building -- with the
philosophies of Frank Lloyd Wright and Le
Corbusier also evident.
e quote also rings true of the outdoors,
where landscaping has been passed over
in favour of grass, allowing the eye to be
drawn towards the home's forest surrounds,
rather than the space immediately around
the building. " e idea of the house started
from the premise that the view of the forest
should be a priority, and it prompted the
L-shaped design that later became the axis
of the project," says Jorge.
Built for a family of four in a forest
that is about one hour from the Argentine
capital, the home's exterior has pure, simple
lines, again so as not to distract from the
surrounding woodland. e design itself
is made up of three prisms: the two larger
ones are covered in white medium-grain
imitation stone, while the smaller prism
is covered in planks of Brazilian walnut.
Together, it adds contrast while easing the
design into its location.
Indoors, Jorge worked with interior
designer Eliana Elesgaray, also from Acento
Studio, to mirror the neutral palette of the
outdoors. Walls have been painted in a
white, latex satin-finish enamel, as have
the towering suspended ceilings (5.6m
in the living-cum-dining room and 2.7m
everywhere else). e flooring is constructed
of planks of Brazilian walnut, except in the
kitchen serving area, where it's granite tiles.
is contemporary, but warm, palette
provides the perfect backdrop to 'bring in'
the forest from the outdoors through the
home's windows. A mix of floor-to-ceiling
glazing and long, horizontally aligned
windows, these areas of glass give the home
its dynamic appeal. And the design benefits
are three-fold: welcoming in the sun, keeping
out prying eyes and adding a flash of 'living
green' colour to the interior.
Not adding colour so much as adding
interest through form, is the owners'
The 3.4m-long wenge dining table and chairs are designed by
Acento. A Ring lamp, also from Acento, illuminates the room.
Silver-coloured pieces add a touch of sophiscated colour to the
muted scheme. BELOW Decking integrates indoors and out.
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