Maruma House by Fernanda CanalesMarch 23rd, 2013 - Posted in Architecture
Designed by Fernanda Canales Architect, the Maruma House characterized by the use of natural light, is aligned slightly to its northern limit in order to generate a garden and greater openings to the South taking advantage of daylight. The service areas are placed in the basement trying to free as much space for the garden as possible. The volume that contains the living room and main entrance is a compact box that holds a green terrace on top which, along with a series of balconies for each bedroom, tries to set apart the house from the neighbour.
Description from Fernanda Canales
“The first level, destined to bedrooms and a family room, is designed as an elongated and transparent body at both of its long facades, interrupted only by three small solid boxes which house bathrooms and closets. By alternating the balconies of the bedrooms with these concrete boxes, the play between solids and voids that characterises the project is accentuated.
The piece that connects the different spaces is a large wooden bookshelf which holds the central staircase and goes all the way from the basement to the top floor. The stairs, with the bookshelf on one of its sides, generate a wall-furniture which starts at the access door and goes through the living room until it bends and elevates to the next level converted as a bookshelf at the top floor of the house. This three-story tall bookshelf unfolds into the basement as a wine cellar, generating a wooden body which on every level has varying openings depending on the privacy and program of each area
Towards the street, the house is seen as an anonymous volume. This external solidity is interrupted at the interior with a small patio in the area near the main access that connects with the living room and garden. By means of the overlapping of solids and void the house is perceived to have larger spaces allowing the landscape to blend into its interior as well as extending the house outwards. “