Buenos Aires Home with an Unbeatable View: Casa Negra, Andres Remy

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Approximately 30 kilometers from Buenos Aires, Argentina, is Casa Negra — or “the black house” — tucked into a gated neighborhood and a beautiful natural setting next to a lake, one of which the owners wanted to take full advantage. Enter Andres Remy Architects , who were given full responsibility and free rein in designing and setting the dwelling. The architects explain, “The best views of the lake were at the back of the lot, while the best orientation was at the front.” In light of this, they divided the house into two parts. On the lower floor, one side holds the “common” areas, such as kitchen and dining room; the other has a sunken living room, reachable by crossing a glass bridge. What does that bridge cover? A surprise in the midst of the house: a shallow pool!

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The pool helps integrate indirect light through a northern exposure, providing illumination and a serene ambience. Indoor/outdoor living is easy with these open, accessible areas, along with sliding glass that allows the living spaces to be open to the air. Upstairs, the house’s divided character continues; bedrooms for the couple’s future children occupy one side, while the master suite commands the ultimate view of the lake and is set up in a way that seems to “float” over the water. Whimsical ornate terrace seating gives you an unbeatable view, while the house’s flowing style and generous use of glass soften what could be a somber effect of so much black on the exterior. It’s a contradiction, a black house filled with light, but an inviting one…courtesy of Andres Remy.

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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).