Argentine architect Alejandro Sticotti lifted a wooden box over the glass-enclosed kitchen and dining room of his family’s vacation home, Le Pedrera, on the coast of Uruguay. The house is a five-minute walk from the beach and serves as a vacation home for his family, which includes his graphic designer, Mercedes, and their four children.
The main residence features a mix of materials, including board-marked concrete walls, floors and ceilings textured from the imprint of wooden planks. While these remain exposed in the private areas of the home, the walls on the upper level are covered in slender, weathered wood panels from the street.
Weathered wood walls surround the ground floor, which houses the kitchen and dining area. There are large glass areas with doors leading to a deck with a hammock and gray wooden furniture, as well as the back garden. The raised volume above houses the lounge and bathroom with windows overlooking the sea. The living areas of the main residence are also shared with the small two storey guest house at the far end of the garden which has two en-suite bedrooms. The couple worked together to complete the construction of the property.
On the ground floor, the same materials are combined with bright white tiles and a variety of wooden details such as the dining table and shelves. Bright white is brought in by large kitchen furniture and a sofa with a stone sink.
A metal staircase with wooden steps leads to the first floor. Wooden floorboards that extend to the adjoining bedroom reflect the exposed concrete ceiling above. The room is detailed with bookshelves and a long desk in front of a window. The stairs then lead to the roof.