San Vicente, Uruguay
La Pedrera unfolds on the extensive La Barra plain, a vernacular country house that manages to strikingly dominate the furthest extent of the landscape. The estate, which measures 900 square metres, was designed to resemble a tiny village made of stone with isolated volumes, alleyways and courtyards.
The project has two key elements: the vegetation and the perfect grey stone buildings, which generate an imposing respect from the planned grazing plateau. Cristina Le Mehauté worked with Martin Gomez to choose the vegetation, opting for mature plants in order to achieve the appearance that the house has always been there. With regard to the materials, cement, stone and wood give the house a natural tone: worn dark wood, clean grey cement, greyish stone from San Carlos and white cement stucco on the inside in order to perceptively integrate it into the Uruguayan countryside.
The home seeks horizontality in an effort to achieve an infinite perspective, and its ends seem to blur into the landscape. A low ceiling, separated by some distance from the load-bearing wall, yields a linear cornice that serves as a hinge between the roughness of the hanging ceiling and the smoothness of the white walls.
A succession of staggered terraces contained by thick, stone walls is reminiscent of the Provençal countryside while respecting the surrounding topography.