Buenos Aires, AR
From the beginning this project had to respond to two different voices, or two clients.
Both required the same amount of square meters for their future homes.
It is perhaps the greatest achievement of this project, having understood how to complete the
entire buildable volume equally for both owners, and without losing the ability to have access to
almost all of the terrain.
The strategy chosen was to cross-distribute the meters that corresponded to each owner, so that
both units rotate through the central axis of the patio in a centrifugal manner.
To achieve the crossed connection of the two properties without wasting useful meters, we took
the decision to "externalize" the stairs, like sleeve-bridges connecting both units.
The silhouette of the building is a result of the completion of the maximum buildable volume that
the code of the city of Buenos Aires allows.
One strategy for taking advantage of all the meters was maintaining two areas of the property
formerly located, clearly manifested through its bricks vaults.
The new building also recalls the old spatial organization positioning itself on the old tracks of
the previous house patios, adapting the old layout of the ground floor to the two new homes.
Property A with ground floor and two levels has 4 rooms and property of equal height B has 5
rooms. Both properties are staggered so that terraces appear both in the front and in the back.
This strategy is to identify the wall as a foreign element of the structure. This operation is
reflected in both facades, motivating the intention of conceiving a solid facade whose operations
of openings is the subtraction, exposing the structure behind.
These operations were completed by a system of fences and balconies whose folds and textures
seek to manifest the light and a verticality throughout the development of both facades,
achieving a balance of empty strips and large solid volume.
The inner patio that organizes circulations, has a traditional opening treatment, making the
multidirectional stairs, the stars of this central space.
The greatest achievement of this project was to adapt under the tracks of the old building, two
houses whose volumetric ambition exceeded the capacity of the land and with a simple strategy
of circulatory connections, we achieved to occupy the whole site for both two houses.
Location: Buenos Aires, AR
Additional Credits: TWO HOUSES CONDE _DATA SHEET
Ciudad Autónoma de Buenos Aires
Project_ Documentation_ Construction:
HM.Arquitectos _ Fernando Hitzig & Leonardo G. Militello
Rubén Ruiz, Virginia Bottan
Total Covered Surface: 300 m2
Total Uncovered Surface: 182 m2
Project Year: 2011-2012