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Estudio Mono designs Casa Amigo in Villa de Merlo, San Luis, Argentina

Project name:
Casa Amigo
Architecture firm:
Estudio Mono
Merlo, San Luis, Argentina
Gonzalo Viramonte
Principal architect:
Ivan Baez, Alejandro Alaniz, Christian Barrera
Design team:
Ivan Baez, Alejandro Alaniz, Christian Barrera, Patricio Cuello
Interior design:
Built area:
126 m² covered and 66 m² semi-covered
Site area:
Design year:
Completion year:
Civil engineer:
Structural engineer:
Sara Boccolini
Environmental & MEP:
Tools used:
Brick, Wood, Concrete, Glass, Steel
Residential › House

Estudio Mono: Casa Amigo is located in a residential area of the city of Villa de Merlo, San Luis. It is a house for permanent residency which was designed for a friend who is passionate about gastronomy, folk music, and mountainous landscape.

When friends come over, the house transforms into a large space for celebration where the outside and the inside mingle under the same roof. In this space cooking, wine tasting, and card games coexist. The house adapts to the local climate, generating optimal conditions for thermal comfort.

It is made up of two programmatic blocks. A south-facing service block that develops under an exposed concrete slab, with a more closed character, and another block of served spaces facing north, with an open character and greater height that develops under a single wooden roof.

image © Gonzalo Viramonte

Over the northern area, this unique wooden roof extends outwards creating eaves and galleries that act as an environmental thickener that allow the sun to enter in the winter to gain heat (solar inclination angle 36º) and to protect the area from solar incidence in the summer, keeping environments cool (solar inclination angle 86º).

The material definition of the house is related, on the one hand, to the fidelity, expression, and low maintenance of exposed brick and concrete, and, on the other hand, to the possibility of maximizing the connection between the inside and the outside that steel and glass offer us.

By Naser Nader Ibrahim

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