Las Lomas House Suggests a Public Space Appropriated for Private Use
Estudio Ramos brutal ‘Las Lomas House’ evokes public works like a dam or a freeway.
The home is designed almost as if the architects had appropriated a public freeway for private use. Yet the anonymous structure, set amidst a dense foliage of aged trees and slabs of concrete holding green vegetation is a private residence.
It’s uncompromising and strong reliance on exposed concrete evokes the durability and permanence of stone, and the impersonality of a water treatment plant. No views within are afforded from the exterior.
Usually, a home is designed as shelter, keeping civic life at bay, but this design allows the forlorn and familiar elements of public life, like concrete overpasses and the weeds that sprout near abandoned freeways, into the private life of its inhabitants.
And evidence of life lived within: a stern kitchen exists inside. The 20 year old Argentinian architectural practice, based in Buenos Aires has built more than 300 residential and commercial projects.