Architects: Carlos Ott Architect
Area: 4,260 sqm
Completion date: 2010
Location: Maldonado, Uruguay
The avant-garde beachfront retreat features a central “Sculpture” building which is the heart of the compound boasting an important collection of international and contemporary Uruguayan art throughout. Playa Vik José Ignacio’s fifty-five foot inclined façade features a vast sliding wall of glass allowing guests to enjoy the majestic views of José Ignacio’s vibrant coastline.
The entrance to the sculpture building is a two story curved and inclined glass façade with a monumental sculpted bronze door, created by internationally celebrated Uruguayan artist Pablo Atchugarry as a modern interpretation of Ghiberti’s legendary doors at Florence’s Baptistery. The lateral walls and roof of the building are made of double curved titanium panels and rich Patagonian ebony floors are found throughout the expansive indoor and outdoor spaces, blurring the line between interior and exterior as they extend from the living room to the pool terrace. The sculpture includes expansive communal living and dining spaces, a library, three bedroom suites and an Italian designed kitchen by Strato Cucine.
Playa Vik’s main house is flanked by six small houses or casaseach comprised of two or three bedrooms and private gardens, Each casa features a fireplace and has a distinctly unique design and art filled interior. These casas once again blend the interior and exterior as fully retractable windows lead out to these unique private gardens. Dividing the casas are large Bougainillea plants that grow upwards towards the the casas’ “living roof” of colorful rayitos del sol, Uruguayan wildflowers, which cover and sweep across the undulating earth roofscapes of the casa pavilion, creating a striking panorama of natural color.
The area under the casas has been carved out to create additional space which holds the 40-foot long wine cellar, a playroom, gym and small spa featuring two treatment rooms. The space also includes an indoor dining room featuring large glass windows overlooking Playa Mansa and the outdoor barbeque. The outdoor terrace is situated just next to the beach; the epitome of Uruguayan casual dining, the barbeque area can accommodate two to sixty guests.