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Sumit Singhal
Sumit Singhal
Sumit Singhal loves modern architecture. He comes from a family of builders who have built more than 20 projects in the last ten years near Delhi in India. He has recently started writing about the architectural projects that catch his imagination.

Conde Two Houses in Buenos Aires, Argentina by Estudio HMA

March 29th, 2012 by Sumit Singhal

Article source: Estudio HMA

From the beginning this project had to answer to two different voices, or two customers. Both required the same amount of square meters for their future homes. Perhaps the greatest achievement of this project was understanding how to complete the entire buildable volume equally for both owners without them losing the ability to access almost all of the lot size in width and length. The strategy chosen for this purpose was to criss cross the meters that corresponded to each of them so that both units rotated through the axis of the central courtyard in a centrifuge-like manner. To criss cross both properties it was decided to use stairs that functioned  as sleeve-like bridges connecting both units.

Conde Two Houses

  • Architects: Estudio HMA
  • Project: Conde Two Houses
  • Location: Buenos Aires, Argentina
  • Project_ Documentation_ Construction Managers: HM.Arquitectos _ Fernando Hitzig & Leonardo G. Militello
  • Collaborators: Rubén Ruiz
  • Construction: Estudio hma
  • Structure consultant: Carlos Gandini
  • Renders: ZoomZ estudio
  • Project Type: Housing
  • Built Area: 300 m2
  • Exposed Area: 182 m2
  • Project Year: 2011-2012

Conde Two Houses

The shape of the building is the result of the completion of the maximum buildable potential volume allowed by the law of the city of Buenos Aires for this neighborhood. It is a shape reminiscent of Hugh Ferriss´ volumetric studies that were popularized back in 1920s Manhattan.

Such was the effort to use all its meters that it was decidedto maintain two areas of the original property clearly exposed through its brick floors in the vault, allowing to actually use these spaces, something that the city law would not have allowed for that neighborhood.


The new building also recalls the old spatial organization positioned over the old tracks of the old home courtyards, adapting the old layout of the ground floor to the two new homes.

Property A (with a ground floor and two levels) has 4 rooms and property B (of the same height) has 5 rooms. Both properties are stepped, thus releasing terraces on both the front and the counter-front.


Operations empty
To achieve the light denied by the volumetric walling that is so present in the project, the facades were operated upon by large gaps between forgings, and operation evidenced in the details of the beams, which led to the decision of doing the windows through the “French balconies” system.

These gap operations were accompanied by a system of enclosures whose folds and textures sought to show a certain vertical tension continued throughout the development of both facades, thus striking a balance with the high volume of neutral walling of the whole.


The inner courtyard that organizes the circulations in a centrifuge-like manner has a window system of a self-evident simplicity that gives way to the prominence of the multi-directional stairs.

The greatest achievement of this project was adapting two houses whose volumetric ambition exceeded the capacity of the terrain, to the older original marks. This was achieved through a strategy of simple connections that would cover the whole site on both houses.






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