Santa Bárbara, Uruguay
Marisa was built in the middle of a forest in Santa Bárbara. It was designed based on sustainable architecture when addressing indoor energy demands and outdoor maintenance needs.
This 200-square-metre summer home was built compactly and comfortably with the intention of being energy-efficient and having zero maintenance costs. Surrounded by local vegetation and covered with locally-quarried stone, it requires no landscaping and the materials will never need painting. The use of reinforced concrete, which is thermally inert enough to keep the inside cool, is combined with cosy areas clad in insulating wood to yield the temperature required inside the home.