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House of the Bridge: a jewel in the forest

Framed in an incredible setting, the Casa del Puente, by Amancio Williams, is an emblem of 20th century architecture.
Buenos Aires
la Casa del Puente, obra de Amancio Williams
04 November, 2019

Mar del Plata is much more than beaches, rambla and casino. It is a beautiful city, full of interesting places to know that most people overlook. For example, have you ever heard of the Bridge House?

The House on the Arroyo, also known as like the House of the Bridge, is a work of the architect Amancio Williams. Framed in an incredible setting, is an emblem of 20th century architecture: it is a of the twenty most important houses in the world in modern architecture. He Complex has Heritage, Cultural, Natural Interest and is Historical Monument National Artistic.

It is located in the residential neighborhood Pinos de Anchorena, in Mar del Plata (Buenos Aires), on a two-hectare property crossed by Las Chacras stream. Its author is Amancio Williams, executor of the first part of Casa Curutchet in La Plata. Together with his wife, Delfina Bunge, they designed this 274 square meter studio apartment. It was built between 1943 and 1946 for the architect’s parents.

An architectural gem

The natural environment that frames the house has more than 200 trees and 51 species, among which predominates oak European. Amancio Williams wanted, then, to highlight this environment in its construction and adapted it to the landscape. He projected a house on a concrete arch that joins both sides of the stream at two and a half meters high. Shaped integrated geometric lines (the horizontal lines of the main body, the curvature of the bridge and the terrace), glazed panels at the height of the cups of trees and two income on the arch supports. In its interior, the rooms and rooms are open to a main gallery, reminiscent of the old houses chorizo in Buenos Aires.

Time passed and the house remained uninhabited, lost between succession and abandonment. Finally, in 2012, it acquired the Municipality of General Pueyrredón and began a process of restoration and preservation. In 2013, converted into a museum, it opened its doors to the public.

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