DESIGNBOOM: roberto benito experiments with concrete to imitate geological layers

a textural house in argentina


roberto benito arquitecto presents a residential work that expresses its search for a ‘textural architecture.’ located in córdoba, argentina, the house is defined by its exposed materials and naked, natural finishes. the team notes the significance of this material strategy in the expressiveness of the built space. the form of the house overall comprises a play of opaque and transparent elements. the perimeter sees thick, solid enclosures built of exposed concrete, cast in layers made up of different mixtures to give the appearance of earthen, geological layers.

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roberto benito’s material palette


the roberto benito arquitecto-designed house with its ‘earth layers’ is enclosed by a monolithic roof slab finished with rusted aluminum sheeting. this large ‘lid’ spans the length of the house, and at times thickens to become a full height volume, reaching down to the ground. the partition and disaggregation of the voids provides the spaces with a continuity between the interior and exterior according to their use and privacy.

estudio roberto benitothe private rooms are separated but linked by a common patio



a celebration of mechanical functions


the structure and technical functions of the roberto benito arquitecto’s house are celebrated. the large, open interior gathering space is interrupted by three large columns while much of the piping and electrical channels are left exposed, running along the ceiling and down the walls. with its smooth cement floor and partitions of metal and glass, this main room is expressed with an industrial style. two transparent faces are balanced by the two opaque faces which display a collection of books and artwork.

estudio roberto benito
at times, the rusted aluminum roof thickens to become a full height volume roberto benito arquitecto experiments with concrete to imitate geological layers
the team designs the córdoba house in its search for a ‘textural architecture’ roberto benito arquitecto experiments with concrete to imitate geological layersthe landscaping respects the region’s native species

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