Paraguayan architecture office Bauen has completed a house in the forests of Guaira, which cantilevers off three concrete walls to project over the site’s steep and lush landscape.
Casa Himmel, or Cloud House, was designed for a Paraguayan couple to settle down in for their retirement.After identifying a steep and isolated site in the Guaira region, roughly 200 kilometres from the capital city Asunción, they enlisted local architects Bauen with the brief that the home should be as light on the landscape as possible.
“The clients found the ideal spot in a remote region, in which the main character would not be the architecture but the landscape itself,” said Bauen’s founder Aldo Cristaldo Kegler. “Keeping in mind these premises, 90 per cent of the house was already solved.”
Three concrete walls are set into the slope, creating a platform from which steel-and-glass structure cantilevers.Because of the difficult access to the site, Bauen chose to use shorter steel sections that would be easier to transport.
Roughly cross-shaped in plan, the interior living spaces are delineated by only a few walls.Running perpendicular to the slope, the home’s open-concept kitchen, living and dining room welcome visitors as soon as they enter through the front door.