The Guaecá Residence, located on a beautiful beach on the north coast of São Paulo, was designed for two families. The great challenge of the project was to reconcile the extensive program, with seven suites, two being master suites, to comfortably serve families and guests on a 400 m2 area.
Madcoffee is a hybrid between a specialty coffee shop and a design studio located in Monterrey, Mexico. Inspired by specialty coffee and the love for design, the cafeteria redefines the conventional design studio and is a physical representation or showroom where you can visualize the skills of the studio and the new design trends, promoting the creation of spaces that stimulate the senses and gradually enrich the local community.
Clínica LR is a building to provide medical care and surgery to the community in the western part of the Guadalajara Metropolitan Area. It is developed on a very limited site around pre-existing buildings. Its only façade, which faces a busy avenue in Zapopan, receives the rays of the sun every morning, coming from the east. This situation, coupled with the fact that the main hours of operation of the building are during the morning, led us to generate a blind facade to promote the interior comfort of the building, providing ventilation through two patios that cross vertically through the building. Leaving only a wink from the interior to the exterior the reception is a glazed box shaded by the overhang generated by the upper levels.
The Puerto Varas School was created in 1996, located on the outskirts of the city of the same name, on an elevated place, with hills and wide views of the fields, (on the horizon the Andes Mountain range, and below the city of Puerto Varas). Over the years it was surrounded by new real estate housing and equipment projects. However, it remains in its formative seal, the experience of living immersed in its macro context, aware of the community, the climate, and the nature that surrounds it.
Casa EL is located in Curitiba, close to Bosque Alemão, in a region with relatively rugged topography. It is a residence for a family composed of a couple with their two children and that, eventually, hosts their parents, who live in another city. The architectural design concept was guided both by the intention of creating different spaces suitable for coexistence and by the conditions of the terrain.
Yugen, an important concept of traditional Japanese aesthetics, is an expression of depth, of what cannot be translated, of the incomprehensible and abstract that passes from philosophy to art. Through the contrast of shadow with the intervals of light produced by the windows and the illuminated surface of the kitchen, through the hidden landscape that eventually reveals itself, Casa Yugen makes a non-verbal invitation to the space in which one can glimpse the beauty of the mystery of the universe and our human condition. At the entrance, the curved wall of the entrance hall, in shape and tone, creates an infinite “plane” on the concave side, which hides the landscape before revealing it.
The retraining and advanced training center in Niederstetten is an important institution for the companies in the Main-Tauber region which gain with this establishment a new, forward-looking place of activity. The two-story almost square building is placed far in the north of the site. This creates a spacious public space in the south, with inviting seating areas and an overall high quality of stay in front of the welcoming entrance of the new structure. To the east, the building respectfully distances itself away from the residential area and thus enables direct access from the central bus station to the school.
Flexibility as a key motto. The project for the new Iberdrola Campus, located in San Agustín de Guadalix (Madrid), is based on flexibility as its key motto and is committed to a public, sustainable and open character as its basic compositional tenets. A large outdoor area known as La Plaza acts as a hub around which the various programmatic buildings are arranged, all covered by a large undulating canopy that protects and shelters them from the weather and provides the complex with the formal and conceptual integrity it requires. Its simple layout, together with separate entrances on two levels – for vehicles and pedestrians – facilitates and enables the categorisation of entrances according to the degree of security required. The decision was made in the buildings to externalise all their communication cores, whether they are for the flow of people, installations or wet cores. This provides flexibility for any future changes of use as well as great simplicity when it comes to the interior layout of the buildings, in addition to sustainability based on minimising and adapting the façade surfaces according to their orientations – thermal constant inside the buildings – and favouring proper natural cross ventilation.
The project is located in an area quite consolidated by the urbanization in the Delta del Tigre area. The proposal is to recognize and recover the depth of the island through the house, valuing not only its riverfront but also its floodplains. Therefore, as a design strategy, the passing space where the route is forced under the house is included in the project, thus recognising the entire site through the long sequence of visuals and highlighting the notion of a promenade.
Casa Pinar is a project located on the outskirts of the city, nestled in a forest, and -like most of our projects- is an immediate consequence of its own context. The design principles were dictated by the location from the first visit to the site: Not to remove a single tree and to intertwist the house with the surroundings. The forest along with the topography results in a house that uses the service spaces as stone foundations for then detach itself and accommodate the family life on just one level.