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Contemporary Houses of the World

Arcila, Martha Torres. Atrium Group, 2002.
see project page for Bluff House




This plot situated on a crag with an attractive 280° panorama overlooking the area, inspired a proposal for a residence which would make the most of its privileged setting right from the very beginning. With this idea in mind, the designers "spread out" the different spaces of the home over the plot using platforms pointing in different directions. These platforms serve to extend the spaces initially contained within the building towards the exterior. Thus, an attractive contrast is produced between the entrance level and the ground floor: although the former presents clearly defined boundaries between each of its spaces, the latter is characterized by platforms and glazed walls which blur these boundaries in order to create greater fluidity between the exterior and the interior.