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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.

Atielier of art and crafts in Buenos Aires, Argentina by Hitzig Militello Arquitectos

 
August 5th, 2014 by Sumit Singhal

Article source: Hitzig Militello Arquitectos

The project took place in an old corner property. It is a typical house built in the mid-twentieth century considered as self-construction housing. The property is divided into three separate units. The actual project was performed on corner unit, which functioned as an old bicycle store in the neighborhood.

Image Courtesy © Federico Kulekdjian

Image Courtesy © Federico Kulekdjian

  • Architects: Hitzig Militello Arquitectos
  • Project: Atielier of art and crafts
  • Location: Buenos Aires, Argentina
  • Photography: Federico Kulekdjian
  • Construction: HM.Arquitectos,  Fernando Hitzig, Leonardo G. Militello
Image Courtesy © Federico Kulekdjian

Image Courtesy © Federico Kulekdjian

  • Client: Private
  • Collaborators: Florencia Schvartzman, Lorhena Cáceres Suárez
  • Structural Advisor: Carlos Gandini
  • Total Covered Surface: 62 m2
  • Total Un-Covered Surface: 53 m2
  • Year: 2013-2014

Image Courtesy © Federico Kulekdjian

Image Courtesy © Federico Kulekdjian

The main objective was to operate on the existing place through an element that is not associated to what already exists. While there is not a tectonic association (material), there is from the point of view of the volumes, ie, there was a clear intention of representing a game between the upper volume in contrast to the new intervention. Qualities of the new intervention as a sloped roof expresses a contemporary nod to its neighbor mono-pitched roof.

Image Courtesy © Federico Kulekdjian

Image Courtesy © Federico Kulekdjian

For a contrast between the contemporary and the old volume, lightweight construction system was used and corrugated iron cladding were chosen to create a purely cubic volume, thereby releasing the excess of meters to a small triangular patio. In order to give cohesion to the whole, expanded metal mesh was used to sew both the new intervention and the existing house.

Image Courtesy © Federico Kulekdjian

Image Courtesy © Federico Kulekdjian

The first level is constructed with pre-stressed beams and the second level with a tubular structure about 100×50 reproducing a modulation which is displayed on the facade as well. The openings and protection systems strictly respond to modulation of the new intervention, totally opposed to the old house, whose openings have no projective logic.

Image Courtesy © Federico Kulekdjian

Image Courtesy © Federico Kulekdjian

The intervention of only 66 m2 covered was not constrained to the corner unit, it also had to solve an expansion on an old zinc roof over the adjoining unit. In this way and through an lightweight tubular structure that supports a wide wooden deck we achieved an exterior expansion of the project which is accessed from the second level.

Image Courtesy © Federico Kulekdjian

Image Courtesy © Federico Kulekdjian

As if trying to recall the ancient craft practiced there, the destiny of the new intervention is a practical space for arts and crafts. The idea is to develop activities such as classes of jewelry, carpentry, etc. mostly on ground floor and first level, while in the upper level will take place, physical activities, yoga and meditation.

Image Courtesy © Federico Kulekdjian

Image Courtesy © Federico Kulekdjian

Image Courtesy © Federico Kulekdjian

Image Courtesy © Federico Kulekdjian

Image Courtesy © Federico Kulekdjian

Image Courtesy © Federico Kulekdjian

Image Courtesy © Federico Kulekdjian

Image Courtesy © Federico Kulekdjian

Image Courtesy © Federico Kulekdjian

Image Courtesy © Federico Kulekdjian

Image Courtesy © Federico Kulekdjian

Image Courtesy © Federico Kulekdjian

Image Courtesy © Federico Kulekdjian

Image Courtesy © Federico Kulekdjian

Image Courtesy © Federico Kulekdjian

Image Courtesy © Federico Kulekdjian

Image Courtesy © Federico Kulekdjian

Image Courtesy © Federico Kulekdjian

Image Courtesy © Federico Kulekdjian

Image Courtesy © Federico Kulekdjian

Image Courtesy © Federico Kulekdjian

Image Courtesy © Federico Kulekdjian

Image Courtesy © Federico Kulekdjian

Image Courtesy © Federico Kulekdjian

Image Courtesy © Federico Kulekdjian

Image Courtesy © Federico Kulekdjian

Image Courtesy © Federico Kulekdjian

Image Courtesy © Federico Kulekdjian

Image Courtesy © Federico Kulekdjian

Image Courtesy © Federico Kulekdjian

Image Courtesy © Federico Kulekdjian

Image Courtesy © Federico Kulekdjian

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