Photos: Courtesy of a77.
When asked to refurbish an old house in an upscale neighborhood in Buenos Aires, architects Gustavo Dieguez and Lucas Gilardi from a77 studio turned to demolition materials and rescued about 50 meters of highway guard rails and close to 300 meters of discarded metal profiles, apart from doors and windows from the original home.
How did these blend into the place? Take a look in the extended.
Say the architects, "using rescued materials in the building of this house was a priority from the beginning: we got metal profiles, wood, iron doors and windows that we found in scrap deposits. At the same time, all of the house's handrails come from original guard rails from a highway that surrounds Buenos Aires, the General Paz."
As you can see from the pictures, old metal looks as good as new in the sleek design.
Another positive point of the project was that architects sought to keep open spaces with tons of natural light and ventilation, through a metal structure that acts as support for a pool in the second floor.
The whole arrangement is built over a small lot, which adds up to the green factor.
a77 studio is a small firm in Buenos Aires that has been actively working with discarded materials in architecture and conceptual works. One of their hits is the project Plug and Live System, a modular housing concept from wood boxes from the car industry.
More details of the house below and links at the bottom.
More about the design
Concepcion Arenal House
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