Tucked into the lush forest in the coastal village of Mar Azul, a province of Buenos Aires, Casa Cher is a modern dream home built as a summer residence for a family of four. Designed by Argentinian firm BAK Architects, this small structure is embedded into the varying levels of the forestal land surrounding it.
This home stuns with just two main materials: concrete and glass. A full glazed front and rear allow views and light (which can be limited underneath a forest canopy) to penetrate these minimalist spaces. Variously-sized picture and clerestory windows add a pattern of energy to the front of the home, as does the profile of a concrete entrance stairway. The facade melds into the woods, with both the exterior and interior exuding a rich, autumnal palette.
With two bedrooms, two baths and a shared living room and kitchen, the home effortlessly flows while reaching two distinct floors as a split-level plan. A linear perspective of the forest is attained from the main living area, which features a wood-burning fireplace, as well as sliding glass doors to experience the fresh air. So intriguing is the “suspended” terrace, a wood-planked form with cut-outs for growing trees. A soft blanket of pine needles contributes to the organic beauty of this modern dwelling.
Another interesting feature is the customized concrete. Seen as a dining table, kitchen countertops and sink basin, shelving, even a bed and lounging bench, this primary design element is as unique as it is functional. Warm woods in some of the furnishings, upon a counter and as decorative bowls, play contrast to the raw concrete, gracefully echoing the rugged outdoor landscape.
One bedroom is sunken and features a cozy wood patio deck walled in concrete, while the master suite resides on the top level affording privacy and endless views of the trees. Bathroom spaces open up with mirrors and lighting, with white geometric basins built into the concrete slab vanities.
An architectural intermix of fundamental materials, straight lines and warming hues, Casa Cher is a modern dream home which magnificently reflects its natural surroundings.