Murillo Housing in Montevideo, Uruguay Estudio Santiago Fernandez & Candida Tabet Arquitetura

01 Sep 2022

Houses in the woods

Photo credit: Reinaldo Coser

The DNA of Murillo 1665 originated in its implementation. The challenge of this project was to position five 200m2 duplex houses in a lot while imposing minimal interference with its existing wooded surroundings, thus maximizing its harmony with nature.

A major priority in this project was to keep majestic trees adjacent to each house. After additional studies on flow and natural illumination, the architects concluded that they could reach their objective by designing a cross shape plan accurately positioned in the terrain. This procedure resulted in an interesting rhythm, where identical houses would have a distinct look from every viewpoint.

Photo credit: Reinaldo Coser

The shed-style roofing and the emphasis on ethically responsible outdoor living with landscaped gardens bore out of a visit to Carrasco, where the architects noticed a strong architectural identity, established in the first half of the 20th Century with its simplistic beauty and soul.

The alternating wooden and corrugated sheeting façade reveals a visual quality brought about by a meticulous choice of materials and building details, including corrugated charcoal grey sheets, wood, white plaster, glass, and native vegetation. The living and dining rooms are located on the ground level, where an exterior wooden panelled volume encases the kitchen and laundry area.

The majestic trees provide a soothing shield for an outdoor patio designated for gatherings, where the BBQ grill is the main star. The patio floor utilizes repurposed stones from the old house, maintaining the firm's commitment to responsible and sustainable design.

The TV room is situated beside the central volume that contains the powder room and the stairs leading to the second floor, where three full suites are connected by a mezzanine-style family room. The double-height wall is comprised of glass panels exposing the abundant outdoor vegetation while providing for cross ventilation and thus maintaining the air fresh and well circulated through the house.

To resolve thermal insulation, the architects utilized double glass panels with solar protection; and on the façade - either wood or corrugated sheeting - purposely leaving a gap between it and the steel frame.

Murillo 1665 is a thoughtful result of an ongoing collaboration between Uruguayan architect, Santiago Fernandez, and Brazilian architect, Candida Tabet.

Technical sheet

  • Architects: Santiago Fernandez and Candida Tabet
  • Team: Architects Victoria Ferri, Gonzalo Berrutti, Agustina Capurro and Carolina da Mata.
  • Photographer: Reinaldo Coser
  • Metallic Structure: MTA Ingenieria
  • Steel Frame: Premier Drywall
  • Iron and Concrete Structure: Magnone-Pollio Ingenieros
  • Aluminum Carpentry: Alufran
  • Hydraulic Installation: Architect Mariana Caceres
  • Electrical and Lighting Installation: Architect Leticia di Fabio
  • Lighting: Trios Lighting
  • Landscaping: Rosario Algorta