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.
BL783 in Santa Fe, Argentina by CLAUDIO WALTER Arquitectos Asociados
March 8th, 2015 by Sumit Singhal
Article source: CLAUDIO WALTER Arquitectos Asociados
The Lehmann boulevard is named after the founder of the colony Rafaela. It is one of the two foundational axes that intersect each other orthogonally and form the main square of the city that is surrounded by old and leafy tipas (TipuanaTipu). The urban space is ample with low-rise buildings and a landscape with a predominance of jacarandás (Jacaranda Mimoosifolia) and lapachosrosados (Handroanthusimpetiginosus).
In this situation we have a small plot of land, from the demolition of an old house without historical value. The expectation developer was focused on optimizing economic outcome. In addition to the conditions imposed by the city building code, the budget was limited and the execution time should not exceed 12 months.
The premise is solved with two blocks linked by circulation seeking to consolidate the front of said boulevard, optimizing climate conditioning in the north facing rear block. The circulatory pattern becomes the vertical axis which orders joint and walkways linking departments with rightful urban windows, closing the south to protect from wind and rain and open to the north.
The ground floor is for parking, entrance hall and has a small transparent and spatial fluidity shop.
The visual depth that allows the width of the road and the low altitude environment challenged us to work side walls with the same importance as the main facade. Then the main image of the building is made up of stainless steel screens to filter sunlight and visual for apartments, laminated glass as guardrails and exposed concrete slabs of each floor.
The lateral were designed with slivers of glass (also willing to improve the light quality inside the units) and aluminum bars generate an irregular grid which seeks to harmonize by contrast with the main facade.
The rear volume opens through large windows arranged in the living area of the apartments. The housing units are simple and are divided by partitions drywall, allowing flexibility to adapt to different usage patterns.
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