At the heart of this apartment complex, Foster + Partners add a dramatic glass-walled courtyard to bring natural light and greenery directly into living spaces 

Designed by Foster + Partners

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The Edge luxury residential development – Foster + Partner’s first project in Uruguay – has broken ground on the Rambla Tomas Berreta in Montevideo’s Carrasco neighbourhood, which runs along the coast up to the eastern limits of Montevideo.

Stretching across 60m of picturesque coastline, it consists of eight residential units that wrap around a circular glass-walled courtyard, each with spectacular views of the water.  

David Summerfield, head of studio, Foster + Partners, says the firm is delighted to see its first project in Uruguay coming to fruition.

“Our design seeks to offer the highest quality living experience, by perfectly balancing views, light, and green space,” he says.

Connections with nature are established from the moment of arrival. 

Residents and visitors enter a light-filled lobby that opens onto the courtyard and shared garden beyond. 

The building’s split core allows for a natural separation to the apartment entrances, which are located on either side of the leafy central space with private access to the floors above.

The building features eight residential units in total, including two duplex apartments on the east and west edges. 

Breath-taking private rooftop gardens crown the top and every apartment is cross-ventilated and dual aspect, with views towards the beach and the lush gardens to the south. 

Located at the heart of the building, the glass-walled courtyard intersects with the central apartments, bringing natural light and greenery directly into their living spaces. 

The courtyard’s walls are made from textured cast glass that filters natural light into the living spaces while maintaining privacy for residents.

Juan Frigerio, partner, Foster + Partners, says the cast glass courtyard is at the heart of the design.

“It will bring daylight and greenery directly into the building and create a unique experience for the residents – its sculptural quality underlines the project’s contemporary elegance,” says Frigerio.

A basement level provides a pool, sauna and gym, with steps up to the courtyard and shared garden.

White concrete is expressed on the building’s façade, reflecting the pale tones of Carrasco’s sandy beachfront. 

Terraces emphasise the low-rise building’s horizontality and provide private spaces to take in the views.

Credit list

The Edge luxury residential development
Betalba Capital
Local architect
Ponce de Leon Architects

Designed by: Foster & Partners

Story by: Trendsideas

19 May, 2024

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