Argentina-based architect César Boratyn sent us photos of a redesign and home-enlargement he envisioned for a private residence in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Some words on the approach from the architect himself: “I focused in respecting and maintaining the original style of the house, and on the other hand I created a double axis formed by two galleries crowned by wide balconies which are perfect viewing spots to appreciate the surrounding garden which maximizes the presence and magnitude of the house.
The galleries also function as warm and broad transition spaces between the interior and the exterior of the home- all this is held and contained between four columns. A cedar boiserie was recuperated from the original main livingroom, which formed a magnificent fireplace and bookshelves. An inportant wooden cornise was built to connect the whole ambiance which also spreads a surrounding Led illumination all around the room. High quality materials and finishes where selected for the bathrooms which have a sober aesthetic, are highly functional and are dominated by natural light. The furniture and decoration reinforce the classical spirit and elegance of the house selecting suitable materials and finishes”. [Photos and information provided via e-mail by César Boratyn]
Energy during the construction process was saved by using FSC-certified glulam timber instead of steel to create the building’s distinctive wavy roof, while the store’s external walls use hemclad, a highly innovative insulator made from hemp, which, like all plants, absorbs CO2 from the atmosphere as it grows. An 80,000 litre water tank below ground provides water for the store’s toilets and waters the site’s green wall’, which provides natural insulation, acts as an all-natural pollution filter near the car park, and helps to encourage biodiversity. The result is a building that uses a fraction of the energy of structures of a similar size, and is still very popular with local shoppers.
The best architects can create designs which will give clients and the public things they didn’t even realise they wanted, and this is especially important when architects are given the difficult brief of creating structures in much-loved, iconic areas.