Argentine architect Rosario Talevi designed a gorgeous summerhouse for her mum just a short walk away from the sea in Uruguay. Located in a small fishing village called Punta Rubia, Casa Abierta (Open House) is minimalist but modern. Built under a strict budget, this charming wooden house is where Rosario, her mum, her two sisters and daughter meet up every Christmas to enjoy both the sea and family life.
It’s hard to believe but Casa Abierta (2011) is Buenos Aires-born Rosario Talevi’s first built house. Constructed two years ago, this gorgeous two story shelter takes inspiration from both Japanese and Nordic aesthetics. The functional and well organized minimal interiors feature plenty of hidden storage and objects, like Noguchi’s flat pack lamp brought back from a trip to NYC.
The kitchen is part of the open breeze living area, as well as the core of this all-women home. Built from FSC-certified Pinus elliottii and Eucalyptus grown in nearby Brasil, the spaces are filled with natural light and crossed ventilation flows from both huge and tiny windows. Most food is sourced from a local organic farm and leftovers are returned to the land thanks to a nearby compost heap.
Casa Abierta is unique, beautiful and very functional, thanks to its custom-made wooden furniture and mix between the old and the very new. Clever lighting solutions are beautifully matched with vintage finds like the sweet porcelain pendants found at a Copenhagen flea market.
The kitchen and the toilet share the same checkered tiles to optimize resources and minimize problems. Constantly framed, the sea is visible from everywhere both inside and outside. An energy efficient Tromen wood burner act as a focal point in winter and spreads heat throughout the home’s two levels.
The stairs towards the bedrooms are naturally lit thanks to a brilliant idea of using translucent polypropylene cladding on one corner of the house. The master bedroom combines handcrafted wooden furniture, IKEA textiles and plenty of wood, but all the attention goes to a clever circular window. With two deck terraces overlooking the sea, Casa Abierta is open to both people and the elements.
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A solar heater on the roof heats up the water naturally and free of charge. Built under a strict budget, this sturdy wooden cabin stands at the top of a narrow 2,400 sq ft plot. Surrounded by only a few other houses, Rosario’s mum Lucia has planted all kinds of herbs and shrubs, including acacia, verbena, mint, carqueja and lavender.
All photos via Ana Lisa Alperovich for Inhabitat, except for the lead and last image by Mercedes Talevi