Johnston Marklee designed a house near Rosario in Argentina, engaging the living experience of the house with the views of the surrounding landscape and preserving privacy from neighbors.
A compact massing strategy with a minimal footprint liberates and preserves the ground, defining a two story structure. By denying the traditional front, side, and rear yard designations, and instead intensifying the facade as a surface that continuously modulates the relationship of interior to exterior, the perception of the house unfolds through a sequence of oblique views whee every surface of facade becomes primary.
The formal and tectonic complexity of the house results from the repetition of four basic geometric subtractions. This four geometric subtractions have differentiated volumetric impressions on the inside of the house, each of which, together with a contiguous aperture, results in an interior landscape of paired surfaces, views, and lighting effects.
Varying in height, orientation, and depth, each framed opening captures a distinct view, providing alternating relationships between interior and exterior.