Leaning columns defy logic, confound gravity and taunt the imagination with thoughts of impending collapse. The famous Leaning Tower of Pisa being a case in point. Yet contemporary architecture has found a way to confront and manipulate convention to stunning effect by intentionally incorporating leaning concrete columns into a residential design.
The Alamos House in Buenos Aires, Argentina, is supported by two pairs of leaning columns and a series of concrete walls. A residential home, it offers a total of 195 square meters of living space and is designed with a structure that is certainly very different to the norm.
The house was designed and built by Estudio Galera, a studio that is dedicated to experimenting with architectural form - and the effects that natural light produces on forms.
Built for a single family, this graceful home sits on a flat corner lot that measures 900 square meters. But it doesn’t really touch the ground. The house is elevated so that around 90% of the lot can thus remain free. This allows life and movement to go on undisturbed under the house and creates more freestanding space to be used for a variety of outdoor activities.
The construction materials and supplies used for this undertaking are accessible and easy to obtain. The building embraces concrete plaster for the inside partitions, wooden beams and polished concrete are used for the flooring, while marble tops the counters. The polished concrete flooring adds a touch of up-to-date industrialism to the house, whereas the wooden sections make the décor look warm and welcoming.
On the whole, the way the home was designed examines the effects that natural light and the surrounding environment have on the structure. The interplay between exterior and interior serves to emphasize this focus, carefully framed in concrete.