When building a home in the mountains, log cabin is the style of choice. On the beach, it's best to let latitude determine whether you should go cottage or contemporary.
But what's an architect to do when faced with pines, sand dunes and the ocean?
Go full concrete, apparently.
Concrete Rooftop Pool House 2 (4 images)
“After building several houses in Costa Esmeralda, and captivated as we were by the place, my girlfriend Ekaterina and I set up to project one for ourselves there,” writes architect Luciano Kruk. Four hours from Buenos Aires, the finished abode has four bedrooms with their own bathrooms, kitchen, living room, dining room and a central staircase leading to the roof.
Up there? An ocean-view pool. Don’t worry about roughing up your feet on the concrete, as the roof has a wooden deck, as well as a poolside shower station.
Concrete Rooftop Pool House (5 images)
Wait, so why the concrete in the first place?
“On the one side, having built other houses in exposed concrete, we knew this material stays in good [condition] for a long time practically with no maintenance,” writes Kruk. “On the other, we thought its color and texture would establish a harmonious dialogue with the place’s natural surroundings.”
Can’t believe we’re writing this, but it’s undeniable: that’s some seriously harmonious concrete.
Kruk writes that he plans on renting it out at some point, so keep an eye on this space.
Photos: Daniela Mac Adden