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.
Eloisa Iturbe Studio in Buenos Aires, Argentina by POP-ARQ
July 9th, 2014 by Sumit Singhal
Article source: POP-ARQ
Pop-Arq is an Argentinean branch of Supersudaca. At Supersudaca, and most of all with the Chilean architect Juan Pablo Corvalán, we developed the ‘mueblenstein’ concept, a mixture between furniture and Frankenstein. Those are objects that resolve several problems at a time by adding functions. In reduced or complex spaces, sometimes a single object can solve the whole architectural demand and linking functions not related.
In Eloisa Iturbe Studio’s loft, complex space and complex program were added. The loft is in the rear part of the building, it has 2 levels, ground floor and a basement, both connected to patios. The sublevel court is inside of the bigger courtyard. The inner spaces are deep and narrow with only one side illuminated.
All those characteristics were solved with mini projects within the bigger one. Some of them real “mueblensteins”.
Both levels had to be interchangeable. That’s why each has its entrance, 2/8 workplaces, bath and kitchenette. This allows both areas (production and management) to be in any of the spaces.
To divide the two levels we made a “Little house” of aluminum and 4+4 glass that generates acoustic insulation to both areas. It even allows that they work separated as different offices. It’s transparent, so you can see trough it.
The “deep space problem” was solved with lamp-walls, that divide the space and also generates illumination to both sides. The main space has light from both ends. One side by daylight and the other by artificial light.
It’s low and goes side to side using the deepness of the space.
The basement floor is narrower than the ground floor and it has two central columns. After trying out several layouts, we set the 8 workplaces in a 6 meters table which is supported by the columns, which supplies electricity and connectivity.
Round windows – facade
The ground floor and the basement are laterally displaced. They are also displaced in respect to the patios. That’s why on the rear facade of the building you cannot perceive the division between the different offices. Besides the facade is traversed by a concrete structure with shoring that leaves few free spaces to open windows.
To bring more daylight in the basement floor we decided to make perforations in every free space of structure, with rounded windows, giving a submarine climate to the basement.
In an urban context, as Buenos Aires, with more than 13 million inhabitants and a big density, arises the need of create green spaces with no land, or “cement gardens”. We have been working with this concept in several projects where we have to make a garden from a patio. In this case the “cement garden” and the “mueblenstein” were mixed to make a stair/garden that connects the big patio with de basement level patio.