Punta Piedras, Uruguay
Mora Morena emerges atop Punta Piedras hill with two towers, one black and the other reddish, joined by a central courtyard.
The land assigned to the project did not allow for unimpeded views of the Atlantic Ocean, since there were previous structures around it. For this reason, Martin Gomez suggested the owners to invert the usual order by redistributing the communal areas on the upper storey in order to gain better visibility.
The materials were chosen for their resistance to the corrosive ocean air, leading to lower maintenance costs. The focal point is thus divided between stone and wood, both complemented by concrete and glass.
Both volumes, one for the family and the other for guests, are completely independent, yet they share grey granite and reinforced concrete details in order to unify the facade. The transition from the more private indoor areas towards the more communal space, the outdoor courtyard, is achieved via a double layer of porticoed terraces that join and alter the perimeters of both towers.