The Architect’s House Apartment by Alonso De Garay

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DESIGN DETAILS
DESIGN NAME:
The Architect’s House

PRIMARY FUNCTION:
Apartment

INSPIRATION:
How does an architect conceive of and materialize his own home? The present project gives an answer to this question, and the whole architectural concept, rational and affective is manifest in a large one-story apartment, accessed through an elevator. The Architect’s House gives place to two apartments: the children’s space (in their own scale) is as relevant as the adults’. This children space is thought of as an apartment of its own, with its play area, TV area, homework area and two rooms.

UNIQUE PROPERTIES / PROJECT DESCRIPTION:
Upon entering the home through the elevator, we are greeted by a bar that fosters reunion, gathering. After that are areas of leisure and work, their limits drawn by floor-to-ceiling windows that open to a patio which in turn has a view to the woods. Next to the dining room is an indoor vertical garden. At the end of this first social and work area is the adults’ room, joined to the ‘childrens apartment’. The kitchen and service area have access to both the adult and children’s area.

OPERATION / FLOW / INTERACTION:
The user’s interaction is quite comfortable and everything is handy, since the spaces are not separated by walls in the mainstay; library, TV, bar, desk or dining room are available and not delimited, it was a hard task for the architect to accommodate all of these rooms in a limited space and still accomplish such a nice clean feel.

PROJECT DURATION AND LOCATION:
Mexico City

FITS BEST INTO CATEGORY:
Interior Space and Exhibition Design

PRODUCTION / REALIZATION TECHNOLOGY:
The Architect’s house is a declaration of solidity and schematic ordering. Apparent concrete, wood, and also natural and mineral colors in paint and textiles are dominant. The rooms’ ceilings are made of beams and a wooden lattice that hide or reveal (depending on the angle from which one is looking) a concrete slab, ducts, and a lighting grill. Electric lighting is directed upward, so that it is always indirect. Flooring throughout is whitened oak. Sober and concrete, the Architect’s House is not void of art pieces and vintage furnishing that stand out in the grey, wood-and-concrete-dominant context. Worth mentioning is the audiotheque, a piece by artist Emilio Chapela, as well as paintings by Damián Ortega in the living room. As for furniture and other elements of decoration, they are minimalist and their selection and placing ran in charge of Micaela de Bernardi. There are, also, two chairs attributable to the master Pierre Jeanneret. The “children’s apartment” is a more childish and clearer translation of the living room and the adults’ room.

SPECIFICATIONS / TECHNICAL PROPERTIES:
The main materials concrete and wood were chosen because of its durability and purity –besides the taste and emotive attachment that the architect developed toward these strong and symbolic elements –.The wood ceiling is not an aesthetic caprice; it is a series of systems that play a particular roll. First, closer to the ceiling are electrical and fire pipes hidden by the wide beams, then on a second layer is the indirect lighting hidden on a set of wood lattice, and the third layer are shutters giving a uniformity and cleanness to the overall complexity of systems. Also is to be mentioned that a cross ventilation was solved with the floor to ceiling windows at the mainstay and the windows in the kitchen. The kitchen - dining room access is optional and it is solved by a sliding door that hides behind the core.

TAGS:
The Architect’s House, A large one-story apartment, childrens apartment and adults space,solidity and schematic ordering, Sober and concrete

RESEARCH ABSTRACT:
The research was mainly based in materiality and textures. While working with such strong materials, came to our attention that they work in aesthetical terms. There is something raw and pure in mixing a whitened oak floor and exposing the smooth and gray concrete in walls and other surfaces for instance. Also, we found value in bringing nature to the inside by using vertical garden technologies.

CHALLENGE:
The main challenge was to conciliate two apartments in one. To give plenty of room to the children, as well as the parents and not to leave behind any family need.

ADDED DATE:
2015-02-28 16:26:41

TEAM MEMBERS (1) :
ADG

IMAGE CREDITS:
Ignacio Urquiza

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The Architect’s House Apartment by Alonso De Garay is a Nominee in Interior Space and Exhibition Design Category.

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The Architect’s House Apartment by Alonso De Garay is Winner in Interior Space and Exhibition Design Category, 2014 - 2015.



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