The mission: arrive at the beginning of the summer season with the house completely renovated inside. That was how, in just three months, Siuk Studio devised and executed a project to fine-tune the interiors of this Villa Carlos Paz chalet with view of Lake San Roque. “The house was outdated, but it had a solid construction and a fabulous ceiling in the social area, the work of the architect José Reynoso”, he tells us the architect Geraldine Misiukcreator of Siuk, who carried out the work together with the architect Gabriela Forciniti.
The 300m2 chalet has the social area above (in line with input) and the rooms, below, near the shore of the lake. “The interior decoration is very calm, because nature forms a dominant setting. We looked for light colors, textiles and lighting that would accompany the feeling of tranquility”.
“The structure of the house is impressive, theatrical. Upon entering, the immensity of the ceiling is surprising, which is a jewel.”
Arq. Geraldine Misiuk, creator of Siuk Studio, in charge of the remodeling
The kitchen was semi-closedwith a door –which disappeared– and a double circulation –which they kept–, dark furniture and countertops. They achieved functionality and, with unified clear materials, they achieved a current aesthetic that dialogues with the living room. “On the other hand, and unbelievably, the social floor did not have a toilet, which we wanted to remedy”, says Misiuk. Where the refrigerator used to be, in the module behind the TV, they made all the connections to install it.
“The kitchen had a bit of everything: wood, bricks, ceramics, stone. We redesigned it with a white ceiling that makes it look like a differentiated white ‘little box’”
Years ago, the Firm had remodeled a house for the same client in Buenos Aires. As this request came during the 2020 quarantine, they looked for local support in the Arch. Daniel Ciceriwho did the survey. Then they advanced Remote project development. “For the studio, it was a great opportunity to explore architecture’s relationship with nature,” says Misiuk.
“With so much nature around, it seemed to us that fire was a necessary element in the interior. We add it with personality through a hanging salamander”
Communicated with the social sector, following the line of windows towards the outside, is the indoor barbecuewhich the Firm reformed. The spatiality and arrangement was maintained, but the materiality changed: what was previously made of brick and wood, became smooth microcement, which contrasts with the black sheet metal doors that were installed as fronts for the grill and the storage spaces at floor level.
“The highlight of this project is recycling, being able to revive spaces while maintaining a large part of the existing materials and still transforming environments”
“The eaves that surround the entire contour of the house is quite deep, 1.20 meters; that hides the slope of the roof on the outside”
“In the rooms, located downstairs, we did a general refurbishment: painting, repairing wooden doors and closets, changing the floor. Afterwards, we bet on the same aesthetic proposal as in the rest of the house”
“The main conditioning factors of the project were the marked unevenness that marks the terrain, and the connection to the lake in the background. So, we seek to create a harmonious insertion of the residence in the land, using its natural relief to transform it into a gazebo”, tells the architect about the idea with which they reformed this house built in the 80s.