Architect Luciano Kruk and his girlfriend Ekaterina Künzel designed themselves this concrete holiday house, set in the beautiful landscape on the Argentinian coastline. Named Casa L4, the house is located in Costa Esmeralda, a picturesque stretch of coastline set 250 miles south of Buenos Aires.
The front and rear of the concrete building are enclosed by glazed walls that frame views of the trees and dune landscape, while its sides are blinkered by flaps of board-marked concrete that overhang the glazing to provide shade and privacy. Aiming at producing some contrast for the senses, to enter the house one must go from a gloomy semi covered space, through a narrow staircase enclosed by blind exposed concrete walls and, finally, into an open reveal.
Embraced by the pines’ canopies, Casa L4 is illuminated by natural light via light wells and little niches within the concrete.
Unfortunately a house like this would be totally illegal in over regulated Australia, we would require, pool fences, stair rails and barriers. I guess we can dream.