‘Textural House’ uses concrete to replicate geographical strata

Roberto Benito Arquitecto has completed Vivienda Texturas – or Textural House, a low-to the ground house in central Argentina that has concrete walls designed to look like geological strata.

The residence is intended to provide a suitable atmosphere for both quiet reflection and entertaining guests. “It is a place designed for gathering with friends, but also to promote a peaceful and reflective life,” said local firm Roberto Benito Arquitecto.


Throughout the house, the team sought to use unfinished materials that would give rise to a “textural architecture”. The firm adds, “The significance given to materiality, represented by the nakedness and honesty of some natural finishes, makes it acquire a great expressiveness,”

The single-storey house consists of rectilinear volumes that are interspersed with shaded patios. These outdoor voids are meant to establish a continuity between inside and out.

For the exterior walls, the team used irregular layers of concrete. “Exposed concrete walls are cast in layers with different components in the dosage, giving it the appearance of geological strata,” the firm said.

The home is topped with an overhanging roof that helps shade large stretches of glass. A thick layer of the building is wrapped in weathering steel.

“This large ‘lid’ is expressed as a rusted-metal sheet border that runs around the perimeter and, at some point, it volumises, reaching the floor,” the team said.

At the core of the home is a square-shaped public area. The living and dining spaces are separated from the kitchen by a long, glazed partition. The main room has an industrial feel owing to exposed columns, visible pipes and concrete flooring. Two sides of the room are glazed, while the other two are solid, allowing for the display of artwork.

Adjacent to the public zone are two bedrooms, which are linked by a common patio. Similar to other parts of the house, the sleeping area has a raw aesthetic.

To complete the home’s ‘geographical’ theme views of the surrounding vegetation can be enjoyed from the living area and the property’s landscaping features native plants, including cacti and scraggly trees.

Images by Gonzalo Viramonte via Dezeen

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