BBOA - Balparda Brunel Oficina de Arquitectura
Tomas Balparda, Fernando Brunel
Geronimo Galli, Costanza Galati, Facundo Valle, Franco Mascetti, Bruno Degiorgio
Gregorio Mac (BAUHOFF DESARROLLOS)
Javier Agustin Rojas
The primary intention is to develop a multifamily housing complex that respond to the notion of the whole without neglecting the individual condition of its inhabitants, through the search for variations, options and possibilities that address the identified diversity strongly related to cities natural grow. We understand difference as a value, singularity as a generator of collectivity, a collectivity that in turn recognizes the city as a context the proposal intends to blend and mesh with. The Project acknowledges the issue of the impersonal style in housing complexes and the infinite repetition of dwellings of identical characteristics as opposed to the need of identity and acknowledgment of individuality. That is why, given the prejudice regarding multi-family dwelling complexes as having monotonous, homogeneous and impersonal repeated patterns, and understanding that the perception and experience of diverse architectural scenery gives the user a sense of belonging and the adoption of places, it is possible to propose a building with six unique apartments. We identify that the alteration in the order of things can generate wide benefits in the search for identity and uniqueness of the sense of belonging of individuals. The exterior expression is configured by diversity in terms of full and empty spaces in its façade, where the different window sizes respond to a certain type of use, and the multiple variations in the interior distribution generates an expression of diversity and uniqueness, due to an apparent lack of order.
This Project is located in Pichincha neighborhood, in the first beltway next to the downtown of Rosario, Argentina. The neighborhood has a long history of nightlife and leisure time as a result of its closeness to Rosario Central railway station. With the passing of time, this characteristic started to diminish, giving rise to a neighborhood which is the typical Rosario middle class neighborhood, with low houses and scarce traffic. During the last decade and as a result of the growth of the building industry at national level, and of the search for new urban centers and the tendency towards an accentuated consumerism, the sector started to become a focus of attraction to new investments mainly related to building and gastronomy. The identity of the neighborhood at present shows that feature of synergy of those different activities, which results in extraordinary social and cultural diversity. This Project consists of an apartment building of ground plus four floors in a plot of 110 square meters on a corner of square proportions. Among the requirements, was the maximum use of the ground and the permitted height in accordance with the urban cod. The market analysis carried out by the developers showed a potential program of six units with three types of characteristics: a loft, a bedroom and two bedroom. Considering that regulations in the sector affects the first levels in a different way, every unit was going to have a particular and unique variation.
As from the resolution of the different typologies and including the application of the different variables considered, we obtain a fragment of the city where its inhabitants obtain not only a heterogeneous and dynamic urban atmosphere but also enjoy units with the same high desire to live in. The spatial quality is considered in the same way in all prototypes respecting the surface, dimensions of the business premises and the disposition of openings. It expresses an architecture which not only favors inhabitants but also the citizen in the offering of possible urban sceneries, understanding the own residential project as the building of urban landscape. It reflects the idea of understanding the multifamily housing complex as a sum of parts, in which each piece becomes fundamental in the gear of the collective system. We identify society as a collective system, formed by the sum of individual beings, with diverse identities, interests and possibilities, and consequently this building address this condition of the community, using architecture as a tool to blur these boundaries.