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CCDH Office / Ignacio Montaldo Arquitectos

  • 01:00 - 23 December, 2008
CCDH Office / Ignacio Montaldo Arquitectos
CCDH Office / Ignacio Montaldo Arquitectos

CCDH Office / Ignacio Montaldo Arquitectos CCDH Office / Ignacio Montaldo Arquitectos CCDH Office / Ignacio Montaldo Arquitectos CCDH Office / Ignacio Montaldo Arquitectos +19

  • Architects

  • Location

    Buenos Aires, Argentina
  • Architects

    Ignacio Montaldo Arquitectos / Ignacio Montaldo y Eugenio Ottolenghi
  • Collaborators

    Juan Manuel Munari & Silvia Colomboa
  • Structural Engineering

    Pablo Galotto
  • Lighting

    Verónica de la Cruz
  • Electrical Engineering

    Daniel Milito
  • Services

    Eduardo Gamulín
  • Client

    Centro de Consignatarios Directos de Hacienda
  • Contractor

    Project Management S.A.
  • Sun Protection

    Arq. Laura Dardano
  • Constructed Area

    740 sqm
  • Area

    371.0 sqm
  • Project Year


From the architect. It is a small office building for rent, standing on the corner of Dardo Rocha and Tres Sargentos streets in Acassuso, a town in the Province of Buenos Aires. The property ground is 26m x 14,45 m on the sides and 372m2 of surface, located within a suburban environment where low houses prevail.

The purpose of the building, lot performance, urban planning and construction codes define the building's volumetry, a 7,70m x 18,80m x 8,50m prism, with the use of the whole property, including the basement for parking and engine room, recovered in the surface as garden cover.

The main decision was to locate the free ground plan on the corner, in order to take advantage of the lineal park and racetrack ample views, moving the vertical circulation core and the access to building to the back of the property on Tres Sargentos Street. On the ground floor, part of the property is taken by the sidewalk to encourage access through the corner.

We used a reinforced concrete structure with a 65 cm high perimeter beam and 25 cm high louvered slabs that solve gaps of about 7x 8mts. The building envelope was made of brick, which was carefully applied according to its use in each parament. Therefore, brick works as a "bath curtain" in the centre, as a "parasol" in the staircase and as fence on the ground floor. All the project was thought based on brick measures in order to avoid their being cut.

We paid special attention to joint measures between bricks and their depth. Horizontal joints are 1cm thick, while those of 2cm were taken as 2,5 cm in order to hide the support mortar.

Glass panes were protected with exterior roller shades made of black vinyl and polyester fabric punctured as a warbler, avoiding the loss of the view and crossed ventilation, and at the same time reducing the rise of temperature due to solar radiation.

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simon · December 05, 2009

Nice job integrating lighting elements into the waffle slab, nice use of brick. Don't you think "so out" and "so 20th century" is a language we should leave for Project Runway. Brick is a very basic material whose use and potential transcends dating it to the last century.

On a minor note uplighting the brick screen that's over the glazing negates the effect of having a translucent brick layer in the first place. Leaving it alone would have let the interior activity shine through the screen.

fino · December 24, 2008

RE: Dexter

I....just don't like brick. Since im in the southern is practically architecture religion.
I'm bored with matter how interesting articulated it may be.

Brick is so out.

odris · December 24, 2008

very good job
nothing spectacular
sutil tratamiento en el ladrillo

C.K. Dexter Haven · December 24, 2008

Wow, I REALLY like this a lot. The patterns created by the bricks, the glass behind them, the ceiling shot and how the lights are built into it, the outer wall - this should be the new wave of modernism, taking concepts that are "soooooooo 20th century," and recreating them for the 21st century, not destroying them completely like most modern architecture of the last 30 years. Don't get me wrong, I love abstract architecture when done right, but it is so hard to get it right. Kind of like what postmodernism should have been, except maybe not really. I don't know, I'm actually not really an expert on architecture, just an avid fan.

Contemporary Art · December 24, 2008

I think this is a pretty interesting use of brick; I like that the structure of the building relates directly to the fence/wall structure. And that ceiling is nice.

fino · December 24, 2008


I'm just not a fan of brick. It is sooooooo 20th century.

osvan · December 24, 2008

Good job!


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