Argentinian architect Mariano Ravenna has created a dynamic small house made up of a series of freestanding white concrete volumes. SF-FR House was designed to meet the specific needs of the owners, two adults with children from past relationships, and by reimagining how individuals live together and interact with each other, the project aimed to create a An environment in which individuals can participate can feel at home.
“The project proposes to accommodate the different human dimensions and gather in the communal spaces that each family needs, or to move from one environment to another, through different routes it is possible to meet another person or to find individuality,” said Mari Arno Ravenna. “Thus, different people can live in the same physical space, choosing who, when and how to be with each other.”
Through careful consideration of design elements such as space planning, material selection and lighting solutions, the SF-FR house is composed of four individual cubic modules that are brought together by external courtyards and walkways. With an overall interior space of just 56 square meters (603 square feet), the residence offers a new kind of micro-living.
A concrete module sits above the remaining three modules, which are spread across the ground in a roughly circular pattern. The house is divided into different areas, but without predefined uses. For example, the first two modules can be used as a living and dining room, opening to the surrounding courtyard. This allows the third and fourth modules to be used as bedrooms and bathrooms. The elevated modules are accessed via an external metal spiral staircase and adjoin a large outdoor terrace with views over the valley.
The wet areas (kitchen and bathrooms) are fixed, but the rest of the house can be used for a variety of purposes. By incorporating modular components such as partitions and multifunctional furniture, one can easily adjust and customize spaces according to the needs of the occupants without compromising aesthetics or function. So Mariano Ravenna came up with an innovative way to ensure that every space gets the most out of it, no matter what it is.
Large windows are placed at strategic points to allow natural light into the home while providing views to the outside landscape. A large courtyard acts as a buffer zone between each module, providing privacy and allowing natural light and ventilation to flow throughout the residence.
The goal of the project was to create a unique sense of belonging and community in each unit by unifying the different aspects of life. It looks at the idea that living spaces should be tailored to people’s needs and preferences, making them feel safe, valuable, secure and happy in their own home.
The project also utilizes existing trees to create a sheltered environment for the residence, which was built using a simple concrete building system that weaves between the tree’s locations without causing damage or requiring their removal. This design also allows for natural ventilation and lighting, providing a free cooling system for the SF-FR House in summer and additional insulation in winter.