A Square Concrete House In Paraguay Overlooks The Beautiful Horizon

A beautiful view should never go to waste. There’s a lot of different ways in which you can take advantage of a nice panorama, whether it involves big windows so you can admire the scenery from inside or some sort of dedicated outdoor area.

The swimming pool wraps around one of the corners, overlooking the horizonView in gallery
The swimming pool wraps around one of the corners, overlooking the horizon

Let’s see how studio Bauen dealt with this challenge when designing this lovely house in San Bernardino, Paraguay. 

The polished concrete floor extends towards the pool area, creating a small terrace around the houseView in gallery
The polished concrete floor extends towards the pool area, creating a small terrace around the house

One of the priorities, in this case, was to make minimal interventions to the site and to design a house that doesn’t disturb its surroundings but rather coexists with them. As for the form, the architects chose a very simple approach. They created a house that’s basically a 3 x 3 grid, a collection of 9 sections arranged within a big square. All the modules except for the one in the middle are very flexible and can easily be connected to one another or can change functions based on the owner’s immediate needs. 

The kitchen has a beautiful open ceiling design that brings sunlight in from aboveView in gallery
The kitchen has a beautiful open ceiling design that brings sunlight in from above
The geometry of the house is super simple and basic which makes it quite mysteriousView in gallery
The geometry of the house is super simple and basic which makes it quite mysterious

The house itself is built mainly out of concrete and has been embedded into the land in a way that makes it look like it’s floating. The floor and the roof are two large slabs of concrete parallel to one another and they create a nice continuity between the spaces as well as between the indoor and the outdoor areas. The infinity pool wraps around one of the corners and has a really nice view over the tree canopies and towards the horizon. 

The folding panels open up to allow the interior spaces to communicate with the outdoorsView in gallery
The folding panels open up to allow the interior spaces to communicate with the outdoors
The center of the house brings together the main social areas like the living room, kitchen and dining areaView in gallery
The center of the house brings together the main social areas like the living room, kitchen and dining area
The concrete flooring and the ceiling give the interior a modern-industrial feelView in gallery
The concrete flooring and the ceiling give the interior a modern-industrial feel
The house has a green roof which can be used as a viewing platform for admiring the viewView in gallery
The house has a green roof which can be used as a viewing platform for admiring the view
The house appears to float above the rugged topography which gives it lightweight lookView in gallery
The house appears to float above the rugged topography which gives it lightweight look
A corridor encased in glass and sliding panels separates the indoor spaces from the outdoor areasView in gallery
A corridor encased in glass and sliding panels separates the indoor spaces from the outdoor areas
from inside, the folding panels let some of the light and views into the living areaView in gallery
from inside, the folding panels let some of the light and views into the living area
The interventions made to the site are minimal which gives the landscape a rugged lookView in gallery
The interventions made to the site are minimal which gives the landscape a rugged look