A stilt house in Uruguay made of different types of wood

The residence designed by Delfina Riverti and Fram Arquitectos in La Juanita is a composition of wooden volumes lifted from the ground.

Located near the José Ignacio Lagoon and the Atlantic Ocean, the residence designed by Fram Arquitectos and Delfina Riverti is the stilted structure made of different types of wood, forming in a composition of two main volumes connected by a glass gallery.

Fram Arquitectos and Delfina Riverti, House in La Juanita, José Ignacio, Uruguay, 2018. Photo Fernando Schapochnik


House in La Juanita sits on a sloping plot, raised to ensure ventilation of the lower parts of the structure. The residence has the typical orientation of houses on the Uruguayan coast: you enter through a staircase from the north side, where there is also the access road to the lot, while the south side faces the ocean. The two volumes share the same floor hight, and each one contains a function: the lower one includes the common areas – namely, kitchen, living room, and dining room – while the two-story one hosts the bathrooms and the sleeping area.

The gallery that connects the two volumes of the house is glazed and characterised by an equipped wall


Except for the foundations, Casa a la Juanita is an entirely wooden structure. It is rare to find constructions made of such a wide range of timber, which, at the same time, choose to exhibit this characteristic expressively. In the residence, different qualities of the wood used alternately according to the specific property. On the facades, for example, the oil-stained pinewood cladding is punctuated by vertical elements of massaranduba, a wood with a very dense fiber in shades of red: a motif that follows the pattern of the construction module.

The building process in a diagram by Fram Arquitectos and Delfina Riverti

The reversed chromatic game characterises the interiors: massaranduba crossbars mark the light wood ceilings, while planks of queen palm clad the floors, as well as the stairs.

Project: House in La Juanita
Location: La Juanita, José Ignacio, Uruguay
Architects: Fram Arquitectos and Delfina Riverti
Project architects: Delfina Riverti, Franco Riccheri
Construction management: Estudio Carolina Pedroni – Miguel Rossi
Area: 100 sqm
Completion: 2018


Source: Domus Magazine

2020-06-12T10:39:56-03:00June 12, 2020|Categories: Architecture & Design, Tourism|Tags: , , , , |