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A Tree-Hugging Concrete Vacation House

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Franz House is a vacation house from BAK Architects for a couple and their grown children in Mar Azul, Argentina.

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Entirely concrete, an interior repeat of the exterior concrete stairs leads up the sleeping floor.

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Set on a steep slope, the house centers around a double height foyer shared with four tall trees.

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The attempt to minimaly disturb the tree-filled site led to a tall cube design, spliced into the slope.

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The trees literally pierce the concrete roof in the second story.

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The pierced idea is repeated in the way the concrete bench outside pierces the glass to become a bedside table indoors.

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The heaviness of an entirely concrete house is opposed by surprisingly suspending the wall over the open space of glass.

Concrete forms a shelf above the bed.

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On the outside of the house, this concrete internal shelf juts out to form a rain roof over the window.

A clerestory window is above a small concrete porch roof.

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Similarly, bathroom shelving is formed of the same concrete.

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Concrete is continued to form every kitchen bench and shelf too.

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A concrete shelf extends the length of the living room, surrounding the wood stove and providing thermal mass to magnify the heat supply.

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Even the dining table is formed of concrete.

Although concrete is an energy intensive building material, it can last a very long time (using an early form of concrete, the Roman viaducts are still with us).

So if all of the built-in furniture like this is also formed from concrete, then generations can eat from this table in this house, without buying and discarding hundreds of wooden tables over that time.

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