Hitzig Militello arquitectos

Hitzig Militello arquitectos

Buenos Aires


PH el salvador

From the beginning of the project we understood the intrinsic qualities associated with this piece
of urban fabric. We here deal with a rectangular space with measures that do not exceed 7.50 m
x 12.00 m located practically in the heart of the square. This is a dwelling unit of the type of the
row houses in the city of Buenos Aires. At the beginning of the last century it was common to
build small houses with the conceptual characteristics of the “sausage house” multiplied for the
depth of an urban lot. The project then rose as a challenge to customer demands whose
programmatic needs far exceeded the possibilities offered by the nature of the terrain. We also
had to be aware of the constraints brought by the responsibility of reforming a historic site that
was protected by the law of the city of Buenos Aires.
Limited to four workstations divided by only four walls, and conditioned by the small floor area,
the premise of creating an interior courtyard became the alma mater of the project, following
which we organized the housing, ordered the other spaces vertically upward reaching for air,
light, and private visual, finishing it off with a pool deck.
The decision on the choice and use of materials reflects the same search for each space to place
it in the courtyard, in a complete and honest way, creating a glazed inner skin and a solid outer
skin, resulting in either both its materiality and its spatial proportions and the idea of a pavilion
floor, rather than a traditional house.
Taken to the extreme, the intention was one of generating an ethereal skin-core into the
courtyard of the house, and searching for a structural, tectonic and construction that would lead
us to the idea of "disappearing" the structure and thus achieve a certain voltage determined
by weightlessness based on the idea of a "floating pool" over living spaces. This idea was
decisive along with that of the use of a mixed structure, with iron columns to continue the
centerline of the woodwork, which is clearly opposed to the concrete volumes of marked visual
The search for constructive thinking, of an architecture of noble materials, and of the use of
reinforced concrete, iron and glass panels, was complemented by the decision to use refractory
bricks as the sole material for partitions, in view of achieving the desired aesthetic and insulation
conditions. In turn we also reused elements of the pre-existing dwelling unit which refers us to
the original spirit of the property, which combined with the proposed contemporary design,
constitute an added value to the project.
Regarding the links between elements, it is also interesting to look at this house. Since the
refractory brick wall in the subtle touch on the existing wall (in line with this concrete column
that supports the pool) the subtlety of the smithy of its columns in relation to the crystals, to
frameless doors verticality to offer certain environments, everything makes a set of simple but
delicate analysis in its composition.
The project was always dominated by the constant search for natural light, but it was a search
which served to form the crystal clear idea of weightlessness that the volume of concrete gave
the space. This element ends by sewing the project clearly always looking for a dynamic cut
prefixed to static symmetry structured plant.
The movement of the housing is closely related to the courtyard and its visual crossing it
vertically and spiraled from the PB, to 1P and finally to the roof. Both from the circulation and
from each room of the house can see the true essence of vernacular courtyard.

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Status: Built
Location: Buenos Aires, AR
Additional Credits: Location
City of Buenos Aires

Project and Direction
HM.Architects _ Fernando Hitzig & Leonardo G. Militello

HM.Architects _ Fernando Hitzig & Leonardo G. Militello



Juliana Zorza, Rubén Ruiz, Carmela Zuleta - Colaboradora gráfica: Samira Attar

Ing. Carlos Gandini

Esteban Lobo (Mastepix)

Total Covered Surface: 126 m2 - Total Un-Covered Surface: 63 m2

4 room house + Pool at the terrace

- Swimming pool in the deck (Thermal insulation)
- Double glass windows for thermal insulation
- Air Conditioning System VRV inverter (save 35%)