Playa Verde, Uruguay
This house is for a big family in a parcel of land in Playa Verde, Uruguay.
This house started with two questions:
1. Where do I sleep?
2. Has anyone been in our house?
The first is an innocent question that unravels assumptions about program and the rigid use of space.
The second question is not asked out loud but it points to insecurity and the threat of robbery.
Both questions are interpreted from spending summers with family in Playa Verde and listening to the story of The Three Bears.
In the first version of Robert Southey’s tale, the intruder is not a young girl named Goldilocks, but instead an old woman.
Casa Altillo will not be occupied by bears.
This house is a place for 2 to 12 people living from 2 to 60 days in the summer months between December and March.
The owners and most of the visitors are family.
This house is constructed of cast in place concrete.
This house has a solid ground level perimeter with only two transparent openings.
Both openings can be sealed with a steel shutters.
This house has no bars.
This house is an Altillo, a collection of lofted spaces on top of other spaces.
This house has two stairs.
The first is a cast in place concrete stair connecting the ground and second level of the house.
The second is a steel spiral stair connecting the ground, second, and top Altillo space of the house.
Each stair is situated at opposite ends of the house inside a clear height vertical space defined by a gable roof, also cast in concrete.
Sleep everywhere, wherever you can for as long as you want. Just remember to ask, where do I sleep?