Easygoing Pilar House in Argentina by Vanguarda Architects

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This weekend and getaway home in Pilar, Argentina, has a fortunate setting: a large lot that accommodates an H-shaped layout which divides the space into three distinct areas, in this clever contemporary design by Vanguarda Architects. The front is driveway and walkway access; to the northeast, you’ll find the pool and outdoor lounge area; and on the south side are service areas (laundry, pantries, guest bath and bedroom) for the house, plus the garage. Vast expanses of glass afford great views for the occupants and bring an abundance of natural light inside. White walls, of course, enhance this natural light, giving the interior a clean-lined feel that the designers readily admit is influenced by the “form follows function” school of Bauhaus architecture.

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There’s also a division between “public” space — sunken lounges, outdoor decks — and private space. The family area is in the center of the “H,” where you’ll find the kitchen, casual dining room, and main gallery connected to a playroom and barbecue. Up a glass stairway are the master suite with bath, walk-in closet, and a view of the garden; two other bedrooms comprise a suite (with common bath) for the girls. An interior courtyard, paved in stones and surrounded by glass, looks onto lighted display shelves for memorabilia and treasures. And for those moments when the family truly wants to “get away,” there’s the rooftop lounge, a casual space of wood decking and stone “lawn.” A holiday and weekend home that eases the mind: that’s Pilar House by Vanguarda.

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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).

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