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Mariano Fiorentini built a tranquil compact brick house in Rosario, Argentina

Argentina Architecture News - Jun 20, 2024 - 11:56   1670 views

Mariano Fiorentini built a tranquil compact brick house in Rosario, Argentina

Mariano Fiorentini has built a tranquil compact brick house that references the traditional Fisherton neighborhood in Rosario, Argentina

Named Casa French or French House, the 100-square-metre house is located in the classic Fisherton neighborhood of Rosario, which is distinguished by its verdant sidewalks, brick homes, and dense vegetation.

Mariano Fiorentini built a tranquil compact brick house in Rosario, Argentina

In order to create a longitudinal route of four distinct spaces - the sidewalk, patio, house, and garden - Casa French appropriates the spirit of that setting and blends in subtly with a compact brick volume that crosses the land from party wall to party wall.

Mariano Fiorentini built a tranquil compact brick house in Rosario, Argentina

Sidewalk

Marking the entrance like a natural arch from the street, two ancient ash trees define the centrality and the start of the route. A wall, hidden and protected, waits impatiently above the building line to be covered with the ivy that was removed during the work.

Mariano Fiorentini built a tranquil compact brick house in Rosario, Argentina

Yard

Once inside, privacy and security are ensured by an austere but roomy brick patio that prioritizes the entrance and serves as a filter with the street.

Despite the 4-metre required garden setback, the house is 3 meters further back to create an urban dialogue with the neighbor. This is achieved by placing the house centered in relation to the mark it leaves on the east party wall and allowing it to get closer to the neighbor's two sweet gums, which shade the building from the west sun.

Mariano Fiorentini built a tranquil compact brick house in Rosario, Argentina

Similarly, this 7-metre retreat makes it simple to access a staircase leading to a potential upper-floor extension without requiring any modifications to the existing structure.

Mariano Fiorentini built a tranquil compact brick house in Rosario, Argentina

With the exception of a gap made of glass brick that accentuates the depth of the central perspective and welcomes visitors by offering a glimpse of the greenery beyond, the main façade to the south is entirely opaque.

Mariano Fiorentini built a tranquil compact brick house in Rosario, Argentina

Home

Inside, Casa French investigates the idea of minimalist living with a straightforward geometric pavilion format that uses just three materials—brick, wood, and glass—to meet the requirements of the design. A space of maximum flexibility is created by a free and modulated floor plan that is fully open to the north and the landscape, with services located on the south façade. 

Mariano Fiorentini built a tranquil compact brick house in Rosario, Argentina

The intimate space and the social area of the house can only be divided by a wooden piece of furniture acting as a partition between the various environments of the program.

Mariano Fiorentini built a tranquil compact brick house in Rosario, Argentina

Garden

Lastly, the room is doubled and can be used for a variety of purposes based on the season and its location thanks to the large sliding windows that project the garden's rich vegetation onto the interior space. The building can serve as a gallery, a house, a grilling area, or all three at once.

In this way, Casa French takes over the landscape and transforms it into a private, minimalist, secure, dynamic, and adaptable haven.

Mariano Fiorentini built a tranquil compact brick house in Rosario, Argentina

Mariano Fiorentini built a tranquil compact brick house in Rosario, Argentina

Mariano Fiorentini built a tranquil compact brick house in Rosario, Argentina

Mariano Fiorentini built a tranquil compact brick house in Rosario, Argentina

Mariano Fiorentini built a tranquil compact brick house in Rosario, Argentina

Mariano Fiorentini built a tranquil compact brick house in Rosario, Argentina

Mariano Fiorentini built a tranquil compact brick house in Rosario, Argentina

Mariano Fiorentini built a tranquil compact brick house in Rosario, Argentina

Mariano Fiorentini built a tranquil compact brick house in Rosario, Argentina

Mariano Fiorentini built a tranquil compact brick house in Rosario, Argentina

Mariano Fiorentini built a tranquil compact brick house in Rosario, Argentina

Mariano Fiorentini built a tranquil compact brick house in Rosario, Argentina

Mariano Fiorentini built a tranquil compact brick house in Rosario, Argentina

Mariano Fiorentini built a tranquil compact brick house in Rosario, Argentina

Mariano Fiorentini built a tranquil compact brick house in Rosario, Argentina

Mariano Fiorentini built a tranquil compact brick house in Rosario, Argentina

Mariano Fiorentini built a tranquil compact brick house in Rosario, Argentina

Mariano Fiorentini built a tranquil compact brick house in Rosario, Argentina

Mariano Fiorentini built a tranquil compact brick house in Rosario, Argentina

Floor plan

Project facts

Project name: Casa French

Architects: Mariano Fiorentini 

Location: Fisherton, Rosario, Argentina

Land area: 460m2

Constructed area: 100m2

Completion date: 2023

Construction director: Architect Mariano Fiorentini

Interior Designer: Architect Mariano Fiorentini

Collaborators: Architect Joana Severini, Architect Leonel Bertuccelli

Work execution: Jacquet MMO

Structure calculation: Senja Structural Engineering

Lighting Advisor: Fernando Piedrabuena

Landscaping: Eugenia Cazzoli + Alexis Luetic

All images © Ramiro Sosa.

Drawing © Mariano Fiorentini.

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