“H2” is the name of this cluster of houses built in the neighborhood Los Carolinos, in the Northeast area of the city of Cordoba.
Architect: IASE ARQUITECTOS
Location: Los Carolinos, Córdoba, Argentina
Constructed surface: 1,794 sq.m.
Leading Architects: Arq. Asensio Lucas - Arq. Vega María - Arq. Vilchez Germán
Collaborating Architects: Arq. Irupé Teniente - Arq. Juliana Davel - Arq. Ignacio Ponce de León Arq. Alexandra Fadel Pagani – Arq. Ruben Pedernera
Photography: Gonzalo Viramonte
From the architect: An inspection of the terrain allowed us to familiarize with the virtues and the potential of surface. We decided to project a central area, and all the home types of this hub would be organized with respect to that central space. That decision brought with it the concept of an “internal square”, the core of this project, devised to fostering connections between neighbors and to creating a pleasant family atmosphere.
Approaching this project from simplicity allowed the design to be of a more conceptual nature. To reflect that, we developed a “belt” that would serve as a unifying element that envelops each of the houses in a peculiar manner, and strengthens the design originally planned.
We achieved a streamlined connection between the built surface and the immediate surroundings. The work included hanging structures in doors and aisles, and wide cantilevers that translated into a sleek architecture. There were no disruptions in the communication between the interior of each house and the surrounding landscape, or in the shadow-light contrast given by the existing trees, which also provided great and varied texture.
We used a “mixed” construction approach. The structures and finishes for the ground floor of all units were developed on a solid foundation, composed of concrete beams and piles. The first floors were made the traditional way, followed by ceramic-block masonry, and finished with metallic covers with their corresponding insulation treatment.
The finishes were executed with as noble a material as concrete in walls and ceilings, combined with low-maintenance plastic plasters; they all complement very well with the glass surfaces, and they define and synthesize the seamlessness we envisioned for this cluster of detached houses.
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