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.
Fray León Building in Las Condes, Santiago de Chile by Jorge Figueroa + Asociados
August 10th, 2013 by Sumit Singhal
Article source: Jorge Figueroa + Asociados
Fray León building is a small set of 9 apartments located in the area of San Damián, in the commune of Las Condes, in Santiago de Chile. The architectural proposal consists of breaking a body into small fragments that generate unique and identifiable volumes, without repetition and almost without modulation. We work in a way to generate identity and a sense belonging. Each apartment has its own particularity and characteristics.
The highlight of the proposal is the public space and access that is generated through a large paved plaza, which brings together both vertical cores. This plaza consists of loose wall planes, separated from the main structure of the building and from the habitable” area, creating a double skin, which protects and gives intimacy to the interior of the apartments.
These walls create a sculptural space, a significant plaza, an area of contemplation quite unusual for this kind of commission.
The apartments on the first floor open directly to large private gardens, and the apartments of the third floor can access a large roof terrace through a staircase and a double height space. On the facade, we combine exposed concrete elements and white stucco, highlighting lattices that filter light into the interior.
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