we wanted a
in a clean space”
To contain these vast elements in a design that didn’t
run away with itself, Gomez carefully selected colors
and materials that would provide a sense of order and
continuity. The white paint that figures prominently
throughout the residence is echoed in the gauzy
curtains, slip covers, beach towels and chaise pillows.
“A summerhouse needs to be relaxing, and there is no
color cooler than white,” Gomez adds.
The simplicity of the structure—thick white
plaster walls, exposed log beams, cement floors, clear
glass—demanded well-considered complements and,
conversely, counterpoints in color and texture. Hence,
window frames were painted white to disappear against
the wall; concrete floors stained beige to look aged;
and furnishings chosen to go along with the neutral
palette. “We wanted to be restricted in the palette of
materials, so the effect is quite uniform,” Gomez says.
Lowlights of darker tones, found in the wrought iron
curtain rods, a twig shade awning and rustic furniture
in wood and leather, provide visual variety.
Throughout the house, local art and some
rustic antique pieces bring a strong contrast to the
contemporary decor, lighting fixtures and modern
bathroom fittings. Practical slipcovers make for easy
cleaning, while windows are left uncluttered. “It’s a
success story,” says the owner. “What I love best is the
flowing space, the natural light, the beautiful vistas
from every angle. The passing of the day brings with it
different measures of light and shade, beginning with
our waking up to flooding sunlight. At night, the light
spills out to illuminate a boxed plot of pure white quartz.
We love to watch the moon at night as we listen to the
sound of the ocean” c Martin Gomez, Martin Gomez
Arquitectos, Ruta 10, Km. 161, La Barra, Maldonado
Uruguay +598 42 77 2004 martingomezarquitectos.com