LOCATION: 1980 Paraguay St. - Rosario, Argentina.
Agustín Ramonda [Project Manager]
Rodrigo Salgado [Construction Manager]
Rocío Figuera [Graphics]
Lisandro Fernández [Renders]
Andrés Bertoni [Renders]
Ing. Civil Gustavo Bordachar
The project is located in Rosario's downtown first perimeter ring, near the gastronomic pole of Pellegrini Avenue, on an urban corridor (Paraguay Street) that admits a maximum building height of 31.5m. In the lot, narrow and of irregular geometry, the presence of a neighboring high-rise building stands out to the south, and towards the north, the low-rise building of the Universidad Católica Argentina. That is why the vertical circulation core of the building leans towards the southern party wall, thus optimizing the potential area of lighting and perimeter ventilation of the project, seeking the best orientations.
As a formal strategy, the building is worked from a brick envelope that generates a surface continuity, which is drilled through two patios that exploit the shape of the lot (a small one in front and a larger one at the back) and the orientations/visuals mentioned before. Next, two incisions are made in the front and back, serving to provide greater privacy between the units, as well as providing them with a greater amount of natural light. In turn, the hallways are provided with ventilation and natural lighting. Small units (loft) coexist in the building on the lower floors with one and two-bedroom apartments located on the upper floors. It is this mix of typologies that gives formal heterogeneity to the project. When the brick envelope is interrupted by the different design operations that respond to each typology, the reinforced concrete structure is exteriorized, emerging as an expressive element of the project.
The brick envelope is worked on by incorporating a series of special pieces called 'Twisted Bricks', worked from ruled surfaces that allow a gradual transition between vertical and horizontal faces, generating a second surface continuity to the scale of the unit (the brick). This sub-system of bricks spreads like a plug-in to the common brick system, giving it new expressive and functional capabilities, solving from its geometry railings, parapets, solar control screens and even earth containers to plant vegetation and form green walls.