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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.

Aria in Tijuana, Baja California by T38 studio

 
August 1st, 2013 by Sumit Singhal

Article source:  T38 studio

Located in a residential neighborhood composed by large single family houses in the city of Tijuana, we did an exercise of densification. Inserting a multifamily project that contains four units on a site intended for one single family home. The hallenge was how to achieve this, without breaking the scale of the context, something that would blend in based on size, but break with the existing typologies of the surrounding sites.

Image Courtesy © Pablo Casals-Aguirre

  • Architects: T38 studio
  • Project: Aria
  • Location: Tijuana, Baja
  • Photography: Pablo Casals-Aguirre
  • Team: Alfonso Medina, Mauricio Kuri, Oscar González, Pablo Casals-Aguirre, Lucía Arroyo, Alina Castañeda, Sara Díaz, Alejandro Bustos.
  • Construction: Taller38
  • Project: 2010-2011
  • Construction: 2011-2012
  • Site surface: 550 m2
  • Built surface: 700 m2

Image Courtesy © Pablo Casals-Aguirre

On the long narrow site, we arranged the units in a linear distribution. Four townhouses built over two different structural grids. The first floor contains circulation and parking, there is a pedestrian entrance on one side and vehicular entrance on the other. Since we needed most of the level free for car circulation, we designed the vertical circulation nucleus as the structural lements that combined with beams, would carry the weight of the whole building.

Image Courtesy © Pablo Casals-Aguirre

The second floor of each unit is the living space that contains living room, dining room and kitchen with a sliding glass door that opens to a wood deck that is cantilevered over the parking leve. The second floor of each townhouse contains three bedrooms. With a privileged view of the city, each unit is topped off by a tv room that opens up to a roof terrace.

Image Courtesy © Pablo Casals-Aguirre

Image Courtesy © Pablo Casals-Aguirre

Image Courtesy © Pablo Casals-Aguirre

Image Courtesy © Pablo Casals-Aguirre

Image Courtesy © Pablo Casals-Aguirre

Image Courtesy © Pablo Casals-Aguirre

Image Courtesy © Pablo Casals-Aguirre

Image Courtesy © Pablo Casals-Aguirre

Image Courtesy © Pablo Casals-Aguirre

Image Courtesy © Pablo Casals-Aguirre

Image Courtesy © Pablo Casals-Aguirre

Image Courtesy © Pablo Casals-Aguirre

Image Courtesy © Pablo Casals-Aguirre

Image Courtesy © Pablo Casals-Aguirre

Image Courtesy © T38 studio

Image Courtesy © T38 studio

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