Vanguarda Architects
Architects & Designers
Altos House contemporary-exterior

Altos House

Altos House (2010)
Project, Works Management and Construction

Location Altos del Sol Gated Neighborhood, Ituzaingo, Buenos Aires, Argentina
Total Area 354 m²
Photo Eugenio Valentini

The need to solve a very large plan as regards the size of the lot resulted in this house placed on a perimeter lot of a gated neighborhood with a very narrow front. It is a house that is closed to the exterior and opened to the garden, creating views on its own by means of an exterior space of intense use.
The front corresponds to the access and service rooms: bedroom, bathroom and changing rooms for the pool, secondary entrance, garage and laundry, covered in aluminum panels. This paneling, together with the double-height wooden door with digital lock and the expressive sets of white masonry, make up the house’s geometry. On the rear façade, there is the pool, at the center of the scene, crossed by a glass bridge over the water, connecting the gallery, an expansion of the main sitting room, with the barbecue area and the playroom, differentiated by its wooden deck. This way, full use is made of a narrow lot, leaving a green area as background and placing the areas for family use and entertaining after the private rooms.
The main entrance hall, of a double height, connects both plants visually. The concrete staircase, with a glass and steel banister, turns out to be a sculptural accessory ending in the upper floor lobby, built as a bridge connecting the master suite with the children’s bedrooms and generating privacy, in turn.
The social area, after the entrance, integrates the sitting room and the dining room, separable from the kitchen, which has a bar and a central island, by means of a sliding door made of aluminum and translucent glass. From this room, which has double circulation, one may access the study and the toilet.
The sinks of all the house bathrooms were exclusively designed by the firm and built with Corian Dupont. Some functions of the house, such as irrigation, blinds, pool and lighting, were domotized.

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