S_estudio designs Casa Genaro in Córdoba wheelchair accessible
Smooth floors and wide thresholds are among the accessible design elements in a home designed by Argentinian company S_estudio for a family with a disabled son.
Casa Genaro is located in the La Cascada Country Golf neighborhood in Córdoba, Argentina.
The project is named after the owners’ son, Genaro, who uses a wheelchair. Customers wanted a comfortable home for their child.
Situated on an irregularly shaped property, the 382 square meter dwelling consists of two staggered bars that run east to west.
The house was built using a traditional masonry system of plastered ceramic blocks, which are painted white. Each volume is surmounted by a sloping roof covered with metal which communicates a notion of shelter.
The street-facing elevation of the house is to the east, where the team placed a wooden two-car garage. A stepless path leads to the front door.
“A smooth sequence animates the arrival of the house on the natural ground and functions as a bellows between the private interior and the more public exterior,” said the local firm. S_estudio.
The entrance leads to a wide central hallway lit by skylights. The programming of the house is arranged along this hallway.
“The house is the result of alternatives that allow the highest level of accessibility and independence to be achieved with the fewest routes, without altering the privacy of all the functions it contains,” said the studio.
To one side of the hallway are bedrooms, a playroom and a small office. Opening to the south, this area receives the best quality of daylight for Genaro’s daily recreational activities, the team said.
At the other is the “social room”, which consists of an open kitchen, a dining room and a living room. Large bay windows and sliding doors allow connection to a covered patio, swimming pool and grassy courtyard.
“The social nave, prioritized by its great height and sloping ceiling, opens towards the north orientation in search of the exterior spaces,” the team said.
“A gallery in connection with the living room and the dining room, without slopes and entirely glazed, gives continuity to the swimming pool.”
The team integrated a system of sliding and folding curtains that modulate daylight and provide privacy. Other interior features include smooth porcelain flooring, wide sills and limited bulkheads.
Other wheelchair-friendly houses include an English house by Ayre Chamberlain Gaunt that aims to make life easier for its occupant, without compromising the quality of the design.
The photograph is from Gonzalo Viramonte.
Architecture agency : S_estudio
Architect in charge: Bruno Sileoni
Design team: Bruno Sileoni, Jesica Grötter, Lautaro Giuggia Monteverde, Rocío Rueda Coll
Engineering: Marcelo Bonafé
Facilities: Labrin Ingeniera Sanitaria
Light design: LBLD