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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.

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.

Image Courtesy © Jorge Figueroa + Asociados

Image Courtesy © Jorge Figueroa + Asociados

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.

Image Courtesy © Jorge Figueroa + Asociados

These walls create a sculptural space, a significant plaza, an area of contemplation quite unusual for this kind of commission.
Light wells pierce the building along its entire height, down to the parking area underground, bringing vegetation, light and air to a space that is traditionally dark and inhospitable. The same happens in the public circulation areas between stairs and elevators and apartments, which border interior courtyard areas and vertical gardens.

Image Courtesy © Jorge Figueroa + Asociados

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.

Image Courtesy © Jorge Figueroa + Asociados

Image Courtesy © Jorge Figueroa + Asociados

Image Courtesy © Jorge Figueroa + Asociados

Image Courtesy © Jorge Figueroa + Asociados

Image Courtesy © Jorge Figueroa + Asociados

Image Courtesy © Jorge Figueroa + Asociados

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