Sexy Home Design by Samuel Flores Flores

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A House for the 21st Century

Casa Ocean Park, 1999, Punta del Este, Uruguay by Architect Samuel Flores Flores
Casa Ocean Park, 1999, Punta del Este, Uruguay by Architect Samuel Flores Flores. Image courtesy Houseplans.com. Used with permission.

Built in 1999, Casa Ocean Park is no box-shaped house. This beautiful home in the resort city of Punta del Este, Uruguay reminds me of the elegant Florida designs of Taylor & Taylor. Its clean, geometric lines are softened by the sexy, curvacious juts and jogs of outdoor spaces that transition to interiors. Scaled to fit its briny view, the strikingly white architecture of Samuel Flores Flores seems appropriately proportioned to overlook the wide waters of the South Atlantic Ocean.

One can easily imagine crenellation atop the solid concrete block framing, as the black roof gently slopes to cover only sections of the structure. Appearing like a well-made castle, Casa Ocean Park is 21st Century home available from Houseplans.com. With an interior arrangement of space designed to accommodate changing lifestyles, the floor plan anticipates a future need for flexibility. How has this architect arranged rooms and spaces to meet tomorrow's trends? Let's look inside.

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The First Floor Inside Casa Ocean Park

Bedrooms on the First Floor Plan of Casa Ocean Park by Samuel Flores Flores
Bedrooms on the First Floor Plan of Casa Ocean Park by Samuel Flores Flores. Image courtesy Houseplans.com. Used with permission.

Casa Ocean Park is a study in White Architecture by Samuel Flores Flores. Since the 1960s, the Uruguayan architect has been developing a series of striking designs that not only integrate with the environment, but also emphasize what he calls "interior spaciousness, functionality, character and soul."

Open, Yet Defined Floor Plan:

With five bedrooms and five bathrooms, all on the 2239 square foot first floor, the design of Casa Ocean Park seems most appropriate for either an aging population or an extended family.

Aging Population: More and more active seniors are buying or building homes together, forming private co-ops to share living expenses, upkeep, companionship, and social activities—a true time share. This house design is perfect for that concept—individual spaces on the main floor, each with a nearby bath, and communal living areas on the 749 square foot upper floor, all surrounded by decks, porches, terraces, and a loft balcony. If a small galley kitchen were located on the ground floor, one would never need to use the stairs.

Extended Family: Note the entri space in the center of the first floor plan. This open area is designed as a car port, but the space also separates the bedrooms into two groups. The larger area, seen to the right of the entri, has three bedrooms, all independently connected to a joint family room. Interior spaces are expanded with outdoor decks. The smaller area, two bedrooms to the left of the entri, would be perfect for in-laws, grandparents, or home caregivers. A shower with outdoor access is the perfect touch, not only for sites by the ocean, but also for the avid gardener in a more suburban location.

Although a bedroom wall so close to the car port may feel like living in a motel unit on Route 66, the first floor design of Casa Ocean Park seems adaptable and customizable. Now look at all of those stairways. Where do they go?

Sources: Biography, arquitectosamuelflores.com; Specifications and Features of Plan #912-1, Signature plan by Samuel Flores Flores, from Houseplans.com [accessed April 2, 2015]

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The Second Floor Inside Casa Ocean Park

Living Room and Kitchen on the Second Floor of Casa Ocean Park by Samuel Flores Flores
Living Room and Kitchen on the Second Floor of Casa Ocean Park by Samuel Flores Flores. Image courtesy Houseplans.com. Used with permission.

No bathrooms on the second floor living area? That's right. All of the bathing areas and laundry are on the first floor—near the bedrooms—in this different kind of floor plan by Uruguayan architect Samuel Flores Flores.

Inverted Living

The sleeping area of a two-story home is customarily located on the second floor. Not so in the floor plan for Casa Ocean Park. Architect Flores uses the 749 square feet of second story space as a communal shell, extended with exterior terraces. It makes sense to be on an upper floor when gazing far away; superior views and daytime breezes are wasted when sleeping areas are upstairs.

No toilets on the second floor?  That's not so bad. The central stairway seems to lead directly to a bathroom on the first floor.

Katrina Cottage designer Marianne Cusato tells me that she's "seeing a new approach to home design that focuses more on how we live in a space." Cusato points to the work of Flores as one example, but she fully examines this concept in her book The Just Right Home.

Learn More:

  • The Just Right Home: Buying, Renting, Moving—or Just Dreaming—Find Your Perfect Match! by Marianne Cusato, Workman Publishing, 2013
  • Purchase the plans for this home at Houseplans.com.

Source: Specifications and Features of Plan #912-1, Signature plan by Samuel Flores Flores, from Houseplans.com [accessed April 9, 2015]

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Picture Inverted Living by Samuel Flores Flores

Casa Ocean Park, 1999, Punta del Este, Uruguay by Architect Samuel Flores Flores
Casa Ocean Park, 1999, Punta del Este, Uruguay by Architect Samuel Flores Flores. Image courtesy Houseplans.com. Used with permission.

Architect Samuel Flores Flores has designed an "inverted living" floor plan for Casa Ocean Park—with the bedrooms, bathrooms, and carport on the first floor, below the living room, kitchen, and dining areas on the second floor. It is a solution to a problem that many homeowners may not realize: where do you spend most of your conscious time? How and where do you want to live?

The house is not top heavy, but that's not all.  "This house could be built in stages, starting with two bedrooms," suggests the plan description. A modular approach to architecture and design is not only trending, but its practicality enables anyone to experience large-scale luxury.

The architecture of Samuel Flores Flores suggests Art Moderne, with a touch of Neo-Mediterranean and Frank Lloyd Wright's organic architecture. That is to say, like every skilled architect, Flores takes from the past to create something new for the future.

Samuel Flores Flores was born May 3, 1933, in Montevideo, Uruguay. His architecture and urbanism degrees are from Universidad de la República, Montevideo, Uruguay (1963) and Universidad de Buenos Aires, Argentina (1972). He has shown himself to be a thinking man's architect, with interests ranging from earthquake-resistant construction to organic architecture, applied psychology, urbanism, and Lateral Thinking.

Source: Biography, arquitectosamuelflores.com; Plan Description at houseplans.com [accessed April 2, 2015]