USA Trends Home Trends Vol 31 No 12 USA - Page 21

Attic First floor Ground floor “Having both wings in the same material would have been boring and given them the same importance,” says Arango. “To establish a different hierarchy and to help break up the mass, the front wing is clad in granite while the rear wing is clad in fair-faced concrete.” The water courtyard between them forms a focal point of the home. It is planted with two willow trees, bringing greenery into the house, and allowing indirect natural light into the living area. But the most impressive feature of the home is the way glass panels on both sides of the living and dining rooms can slide back to completely open them up. This creates a seamless transition between spaces, starting from the lap pool and garden at the front, to the front wing living room, through the courtyard and all the way to the kitchen in the rear block. The void of the central courtyard also ensures cross-ventilation throughout the house. As hot air rises here, it pulls cooler air into the various rooms creating an efficient internal circulation system. Preceding pages: The living area on the ground floor of the front wing can be fully opened up to the courtyard pool on one side and the garden and swimming pool on the other, ensuring crossventilation to keep the house cool. Facing page top and above: The guest bathroom is at attic level in the rear wing. It is naturally ventilated through a screen behind the mirror. Plans: The layout optimises space and privacy. Facing page lower: This study room in the rear wing doubles as a reception and meeting area. search | save | share at