Pichincha Neighborhood is a low-density area of Rosario, in full development and exceptionally located. This urban site is under a master plan(named after the neighborhood),which in order to preserve its heritage and urban scale restricts the maximum heights of new buildings. As a consequence, apartment building construction is restricted and the existing buildings are started to be rented for other uses pursuant to the new regulations.
The project is located near ParqueCentenario(Centenario Park), a big green urban park, in the middle of Buenos Aires city, in which converges three neighborhoods, Caballito, Almagro and Villa Crespo. Also a great number of things supplement this metropolitan scenario, such as; the Natural Science Museum, the Uriburu school, CBC UBA, Los Dolores church, the Astronimical Observatory, the Leloir Institute, the Pasteur Institute, the M Curie Institute, the Navy Hospital and the Durand Hospital.
Golf House is geographically located at the center of Costa Esmeralda, a neighborhood 13 km north of the seaside resort of Pinamar.
Topographically lying on highest area of the neighborhood, both the front and the back of the plot of land adjoin a golf court that, along with the —mainly wild— native vegetation, compose its immediate surroundings. Originally, the plot of land was circumscribed by a virgin dune, the slope of which grew in height away from the street, and that the Studio proposed to preserve.
AA House is located in a neighborhood of villas in Tortuguitas, Buenos Aires. Its position in the lot guarantees the best solar incidence range on the north side, on which all the main rooms of the house are laid out. On the other hand, it provides a form of processional visual approach to its visitors.
The house is located in real-estate project of vineyards in the Uco’s Valley, south of the city of Mendoza. It was designed for an Ecuadorian family who plans to spend the harvest season there. At the same site there is also a vineyard with different strains that will produce wine to be aged in the House´s wine cellar.
Castelli owes its appearance to an interpretation of a recent urban regulation proposed for some “corridors streets” of this low-density area.
In a small corner lot of 11.60 x 16.50mts, the block complies with the mandatory street withdrawals and separates from inner limits lots, which give a certain height to take advantage of views of the Setúbal lagoon and the center of the city.
This work is the outcome of a process that began in 2004 with the construction of Besonias and Almeida Architects Summer House in the forest of Mar Azul.
The purpose was to do an intervention in a place of significant landscape value, an opportunity to propose alternatives for design and construction, considering caring of the natural environment as a fundamental premise. The answer was the proposal of a minimal architecture both in material and formal resources, not only as an aesthetic choice, but as an ethical principle of valorization of a wiser use of the resources available. This stripped architecture should be incorporated into the landscape with a will of belonging, seeking to join the existing reality.