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Architecture. The imposing house integrated into a golf course that mixes the natural and the urban

Designed as a “huge concrete block”, Argentine architect Mariano Fiorentini built a house next to a golf course, in a gated community in the town o


Designed as a “huge concrete block”, Argentine architect Mariano Fiorentini built a house next to a golf course, in a gated community in the town of Funes, on the outskirts of Rosario.

Located on a plot of 2006 square meters, Casa Golf has 838 m2 and was designed for a couple with three children. “The project explores the duality inherent in this type of development, seeking to achieve a balance between: open and private, natural and urban”, they explain in the project report.

The plants, protagonists of the project _ Arch. Mariano Fiorentini / Photography: Ramiro Sosa.Arch. Mariano Fiorentini / Photography: Ramiro Sosa.

With an urban façade and views of the golf course, the central living room is surrounded by four intermediate voids that allow the entry of natural light in all directions and, in turn, “protect” the intimacy of family life. The four spaces are: a glazed garage to the west that reveals the street; a “pergolated” patio to the north that announces the main entrance; a terrace on the upper floor to the south that cuts out the sky; and a central courtyard to the east that defines the spatial continuity between the interior, the gallery and the golf course.

Fiorentini concluded the work in 2020.

The living room overlooks the The living room overlooks the “pergola” patio. Arch. Mariano Fiorentini / Photography: Ramiro Sosa.Arch. Mariano Fiorentini / Photography: Ramiro Sosa.

In this sense, the concentric layout of the house was designed to organize the program around a single double-height environment, half open and half closed, that together with two superimposed stairs allows direct access to each of the rooms of the house, minimizing the routes.

Golf House in Rosario _ Arch. Mariano Fiorentini / Photography: Ramiro Sosa.Golf House in Rosario _ Arch. Mariano Fiorentini / Photography: Ramiro Sosa.Arch. Mariano Fiorentini / Photography: Ramiro Sosa.In this shot you can see the integration between the interior world and the exterior _ Arch. Mariano Fiorentini / Photography: Ramiro Sosa.In this shot you can see the integration between the interior world and the exterior _ Arch. Mariano Fiorentini / Photography: Ramiro Sosa.Arch. Mariano Fiorentini / Photography: Ramiro Sosa.

The project is made up of three levels: a “social” ground floor with service units, a basement for leisure and a more private upper floor.

The kitchen where light is the protagonist _ Arch. Mariano Fiorentini / Photography: Ramiro Sosa.The kitchen where light is the protagonist _ Arch. Mariano Fiorentini / Photography: Ramiro Sosa.Arch. Mariano Fiorentini / Photography: Ramiro Sosa.

In addition, the large glazed surfaces of the intermediate spaces turn the living room into “the great eye that sees everything” by organically integrating all the activities of the house.

This photo shows the integration of the spaces _ Arch. Mariano Fiorentini / Photography: Ramiro Sosa.This photo shows the integration of the spaces _ Arch. Mariano Fiorentini / Photography: Ramiro Sosa.Arch. Mariano Fiorentini / Photography: Ramiro Sosa.The background of the property that worships minimalism _ Arch. Mariano Fiorentini / Photography: Ramiro Sosa.The background of the property that worships minimalism _ Arch. Mariano Fiorentini / Photography: Ramiro Sosa.Arch. Mariano Fiorentini / Photography: Ramiro Sosa.On the front, the green of the plants contrasts with the gray of the cement _ Arch. Mariano Fiorentini / Photography: Ramiro Sosa.On the front, the green of the plants contrasts with the gray of the cement _ Arch. Mariano Fiorentini / Photography: Ramiro Sosa.Arch. Mariano Fiorentini / Photography: Ramiro Sosa.The straight lines mark the differential style of the design of a different house _ Arch. Mariano Fiorentini / Photography: Ramiro Sosa.The straight lines mark the differential style of the design of a different house _ Arch. Mariano Fiorentini / Photography: Ramiro Sosa.Arch. Mariano Fiorentini / Photography: Ramiro Sosa.