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Cubed Privacy: House for Two Brothers by Ana Smud and Daniel Zelcer

Cubed Privacy: House for Two Brothers by Ana Smud and Daniel Zelcer

House for Two Brothers by Ana Smud and Daniel Zelcer Ph. Fernando Schapochnik

The project designed by Ana Smud and Daniel Zelcer is located in a closed neighborhood in the town of Tristán Suarez in Argentina. On the same 800 m2 site, two brothers decided to build two identical weekend houses that share a single garden. By determining the construction of the perimeter of the house within the rules of the neighborhood, the architects sought to maximize the built areas, which ultimately determined the morphology of the house in a perfect two-level cube.

Ph. Fernando Schapochnik

The architects formed a perimeter wall of exposed concrete to direct and control its visual effect in the surrounding environment as well as to create privacy. This prism is dematerialized in the wall that faces the background, the only side that faces the private garden.

Towards the front, the wall encloses the access courtyards, thus forming a living area between two exterior spaces. The accesses to the dwellings are independent, with entry through these private courtyards, and are visually separated from the public road. They operate as a bellows space between the exterior space and the interior of the dwelling.

The inside of the house mediates between a highly public dimension and a more intimate one, allowing for various types of activities. Inside this empty mass is found the kitchen, the vertical circulations, the bathrooms, the wardrobes, and an interior balcony.

Ph. Fernando Schapochnik

DATE: 2018 / LOCATION: Provincia de Buenos Aires, Argentina / AREA: 369 m2 (built) / PROGRAM: House / STATUS: Built / DESIGN: Ana Smud – Daniel Zelcer / TEAM: Florencia Lopez Iriquin, Juliana de Lojo / CONSULTANTS: Maria Mulieri (landscape), Ing. Cesar Tocker (structure), Antonio Cristiano (MEP) / PHOTOS: Fernando Schapochnik

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