When looking at the Torcuato House from across its central courtyard, it’s almost too much to take in at once. Like an MC Escher painting: stairs, openings and passageways seem to emerge at you from every corner of your vision (typical of BAK’s style). Equally, the uneven surfaces create a bewildering patchwork of light and shadow, heightening the overall sense of confusion. But step inside and everything makes a lot more sense.
A high-ceilinged living room with sliding doors opens out in two directions – one onto an ornamental pond – adding a new level of tranquility to the indoor space; meanwhile, the master bedroom overlooks the leafy, forested garden through its generous windows. Earthy tones spread throughout the property complement an iconic selection of furniture by the Eames brothers, Eero Saarinen and Ludvig Mies van der Rohe, rounding off what is an impeccably designed modern living space. That’s certainly no illusion.