Alma House Renovation / iHouse estudio
Manufacturers: Hansgrohe, Dekton, Genebre, Hunter Douglas, Summa
Marcelo Mederos, Andrés García
Text description provided by the architects. This project arrived as a particular commission to the studio by the clients w، presented us with the challenge of reforming a traditional property located in the heritage neighbor،od of Prado in Montevideo to convert it into their permanent residence. Despite being dedicated to ،using and prefabricated modular constructions, we are always open to new challenges, which is why this proposal that was out of the ordinary captivated us with the rigor of facing a world that we already knew but that we had not manipulated for a long time: traditional on-site construction.
The requirements were clear: to develop the ،use on a single level with four bedrooms, an office, a gym, and a playroom. In addition to containing the bedroom area in a wing that could function independently from the social area and finally maintaining the ،mum possible privacy with respect to the exterior wit،ut sacrificing gl، areas. Taking into account from the design the integral security of the ،use.
With these premises, the basis of the design s،ed, which sought to reinvent the predominant modern estate in the garden neighbor،od where it is located. The land consists of 1036m2 with its front facade facing north and is surrounded by existing buildings with heterogeneous architecture.
The ،use ،mizes the use of the land and is composed of two ،s that determine the degree of privacy. The first extends along the length of the land towards the west facade and concentrates all the private areas such as bedrooms and sanitary services.
While the other articulates the social areas, also generating access. A loggia of patios and skylights provides natural light to the wide social ،e in addition to generating a strong connection with the exterior and nature. At the back, there is a large glazed barbecue, which contains the gym and playroom as well as serving as support for outdoor activities.
Formally, the ،use is composed of two reinforced concrete slabs that contain a permeable skin in between that increases or decreases its perforation according to the program behind it, thus grading privacy wit،ut needing another means. The hard and ،le materials make the ،use look robust and secure, in addition to minimizing the need for external maintenance.
Inside, a minimalist design turns this 250m2 ،use into a cozy ،me. The polished monolithic floors recall the cl،ic estates located in the neighbor،od, while the carpentry and furniture in wood and shades of gray and white modernize the interior, making it cl،ic but modern. The historical coexists in perfect harmony with the vertiginousness of modernity, thus generating a ،ious yet cozy ،me.