Casa Sakura by Estudio Pka

Casa Sakura is a two-story concrete residence located in Buenos Aires, Brazil, designed in 2020 by Estudio Pka.

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Description

With an environment of the Argentine Delta, implanted in a trapezoidal batch, overlooking a lagoon; Its north orientation, towards one of its sides, generated the inclusion of a light patio with abundant vegetation, which we also use as entrance. It works as a bellows and an articulator; as a transition between the street and the access to the house, it is the heart of it and all the circulations turn towards this spacing.

The west-facing facade has a sliding gate that is hidden when it opens with the intention of generating a scenographic sensation towards pedestrian access through a path that changes its forms. The idea is to go through different sensations: first we can appreciate the music room, with different instruments used by the family, which also eventually opens above a multipurpose space, generating flexibility of environments. We continue walking and we find the central patio with abundant vegetation and the entrance door that is hierarchized with a wooden paneling that manages to make it go unnoticed.

If we keep moving forward, we can cross below a floating volume, which is the clients’ home office space, which in turn has a balcony to the double height of the living room. This semi-covered frames the landscape and directs us towards the pool where the water mirror merges with the lagoon. From there we can enter the gallery directly, without going through the house.

On the south side, all services and supports are located.

The materialization of the house is of exposed concrete of boards combined with phenolic; It has a double wall, rpt dvh aluminum openings and travertine floors.

The main staircase is one of the main elements, it is located in the entrance hall and in contrast to the exposed concrete that has its natural imprint, it unfolds in a light and warm way. They are loose steps, in flight and by means of an embedment system they give the sensation of being in flight.

Photography courtesy of Estudio Pka

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- by Matt Watts

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