A Buenos Aires Concrete House with a Light Spirit from Vanguarda Architects

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When you think of a “concrete house,” you probably don’t think of a home like this — full of glass expanses, with floors that seem to float one above the other, and whimsical touches like purple “bubble” murals in a bathroom…but this Buenos Aires weekend home has just that. Vanguarda Architects, the designers of this home, explain: “The land’s characteristics made it possible to plan the design of this weekend house through vast glass façades that are benefited by the empty area surrounding it and integrate large visual fields towards the golf course and the immediate environment.” The house fits: in its space, in its environment, and in a playful spirit that epitomizes a weekend retreat. One key element of this home is a very simple layout — two main areas that cross each other.

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The first, parallel to the front, is that “floating” section over the sitting room; the second is perpendicular to it and supported on the only side of the home with a neighbor close. An open plan living/dining and kitchen can be made one large expanse by moving panels around (note the camouflaging of the kitchen with a few “cabinet” doors shut). A guest powder room and home theater complete the entertaining space; just off it is a bright stairway leading to two bedrooms with ensuite bathrooms plus a playroom, connected to the master suite by a unique steel-and-glass bridge (imagine the fun of kids peeking through it to the downstairs!). And that purple graphic work in the bath? It, and several other graphic décor touches, are custom-made — an extra bit of fun in a place that encourages relaxation for those special weekend getaways.

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Written by Janet Butler

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Janet W. Butler is a freelance writer, editor, and editorial consultant by day and a “small soprano” by night. An RWA Golden Heart Winner, she is the author of the inspirational romance From the Ashes (“the best little book no one’s ever heard of”), published by SANDS Publishing in 2001; and a romantic suspense, Voice of Innocence, from Desert Breeze Publishing. She is a Chicago native transplanted to northeast Indiana, where she lives with her husband, daughter, and Cassandra “Trouble” Butler, S.R.C. (Spoiled Rotten Cat).