This off grid refuge in the Argentine Pampas was designed by architect Mariana Palacios for a client eager to escape the hectic city life of Córdoba. Its stark black exterior contrasts with the beautiful grass plains, while most of its other features contribute to the blending of exterior and interior spaces. The naturally lit interiors bleed out into the majestic landscape through huge sliding doors that also allow the occupants to enjoy views of the surroundings without having to confront high winds.
The clients wanted to build a home that would seem as remote as possible. The site is located in Province of Córdoba, Argentina‘s second most populous region, but it looks like it’s miles away from civilization. The barren but beautiful landscape known for its inhospitable climate created a perfect setting for a home that offers intense isolation and difficult accessibility. However, this remoteness had an impact on the construction work, which prompted the architects to create a structural system that is easy to transport and construct in unfavorable conditions.
The living room spills out into the exterior through large sliding doors that make it possible to use the patio when the weather permits. Locally-sourced stone was used to build some of the masonry, and a nearby spring is utilized to pump fresh water into the house. All of its energy requirements are meet by a solar power system that makes the home truly off-grid.
Photos by Gonzalo Viramonte