150 Best Minimalist House Ideas (2014)

AV House

Architect: María Victoria Besonías, Luciano Kruk/BAKarquitectos

Location: Mar Azul, Argentina

Photography: Gustavo Sosa Pinilla

The gradual but constant grade of the terrain dictated the orientation and design of this house. The result is a cluster of stepped concrete structures, each serving a different function. The plan, which follows an east-west axis, generates two clearly differentiated façades. The entry is at a central location and separates the living areas from the bedrooms.

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The shape and orientation of a house impacts its comfort and energy efficiency. Houses with simple designs are usually more energy efficient than those with complex shapes.

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A shell uniquely composed of two materials, concrete and glass, integrates this house with the surrounding environment and resolves structural and functional issues.

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The few interior walls are made of hollow brick and finished in concrete screed. Except for the beds, couches, and chairs, all of the house’s furnishings are concrete.

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Concrete is a versatile material that provides a wide range of finishes. Both smooth and rough concrete can be stained, dyed, troweled, stamped, and polished to a high gloss.

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