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.
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.
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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