This cool house from Guatemala occupies a completely flat piece of land surrounded by a mountainous region. This unusual topography was instantly recognized as being very advantageous. It’s the ideal place for a house and in 2019 a team of designers from studio Paz Arquitectura turned that vision into reality. They created the BF House, a contemporary retreat which was specifically designed to take advantage of its surroundings and the garden in particular in the most efficient way possible.
The architects together with the owners agreed to have the garage placed underground and to create a basement level in order to leave as much space for the garden as possible and to avoid obstruct the views or the connection between the indoor and the outdoor spaces. On the same note, the house was given an L-shaped floor plan in order to frame the garden and to bring the exterior closer to the living spaces. All of the internal spaces are spread across the ground floor with the exception of the family room. This area was intentionally left out due to the fact that it’s only occasionally being used and would unnecessarily maximize the footprint and reduce the garden in the process.