José Ignacio, Uruguay
Soon was designed to cocoon a family that wanted to feel safe yet also live in the middle of the coastal city of La Barra. Therefore, the project had two requirements: to protect the family from the city but to remain open to the sea.
These two apparently contradictory concepts, protection and openness, are quite common in contemporary architecture, which tends to offer them both through the design of the building’s outer skin. In this case, the solution was shutters made of wooden slats to protect against sunlight and prying eyes, yet the shutters were designed to slide so that they can easily be opened and closed.
Inside the house, the usual design is inverted, with the private area located around the entryway and the communal areas in the open-concept upper storey in order to get better Views of the sea.
The attic was designed as yet another wood-clad room with steel banisters where the residents can enjoy the outdoors and especially watch the incredible sun setting behind the skyline of Punta del Este.