Architectural Office in Martinez / Alric Galindez Arquitectos

Architects: Alric Galindez Arquitectos / Santiago Alric, Carlos Galindez, Federico Lloveras
Location: Martinez, Buenos Aires,
Collaborators: Alfredo Quiroga, Sofía Peluffo, Joaquín Adot
Project year: 2008
Constructed area: 245 sqm

After years of work, we decided to face the construction of our own office.
Situated on a corner defined by Catamarca and Caracas streets, in Martinez, Buenos Aires. A zone that is actually transforming and developing, from being an area of horse keeping studs, to become a commercial spot, surrounded by offices and modern restaurants, right in the heart of San Isidro.

The code establishes maximum heights and retirements to be followed. Due to its corner situation, we decided that the building should behave this way, and created a volume from iron sheets, with several displacements and situations towards the corner. The roof slightly rises to allow the sunlight in, the upper plan terrace tenses towards the corner, and the lower plan opens one of the faces, generating a private patio.

We decided to work the channeled sheets as the expressive material, as a proper way to get the sensation of the fabric or workshop, and a quick and not expensive construction. Using this specific material made us think on how to work with it, how we could show the way the “tin” was beginning to open itself, and how the completions and details were going to be managed. Like this, the corner situation intended to be resolved, and emphasized with the “continuous skin” concept.

A fluid and flexible work space was the main priority, to support various layouts, being important here, the decision of placing the service areas aside.

We considered an important theme, the search of a place coherent with the idea of work and profession we have, considering outside spaces, as working and reflection areas too.

A special treatment received the entrance path, understood as a unique piece that generates the access and its white roof.

This was also possible on the dividing wall, because the low bordering house allowed us to intervene in a fine and slight way, introducing stretch light lines, with different and changing night and day effects.

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  • Benjamin

    interior is intriguing, simple yet sophisticated. exterior is simple but gone very wrong, far too simple and bland.

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  • Lucas Gray

    Why are there so few windows? I wouldn’t force my employees to work in an enclosed box like that. Open it up more…let them see the city and surroundings.

  • Henry

    “simple yet sophisticated…”

    Sí, bastante bien, con algo de tensión…..I like it !

  • as it is

    own precious office, but computers from the 90s!

  • Nick

    @ Lucas Gray.

    I wouldn’t open it up to the south area.
    It’s in Buenos Aires, quiet hot out there.
    Without an expensive air conditioning, better no windows.
    Between: Nordern light is much better work light… they’ll know what their doing…

    I like it how they create things with cheap material and give it a new purpose.


  • Daniel Con

    very nice office space! I like the massing and the lack of windows don’t bother me. What bothers me is the lack of detail..The continuous skin concept just doesn’t work with this material. I think Abalos & Herreros used the same language in their buildings but in a much more effective manner

  • Bo Lucky

    It’s just a mediocre architecture… that’s it!

  • Sam Ludwig

    Interesting building. Sloppy photography though.

  • Wyatt O’Day

    The sketch used for scale in the sections cracks me up!

  • roadkill

    “simple yet sophisticated…”

    darn… you don’t go out much – it has been a long time since you saw any sophistication down there in the swamp!
    this project just about scrapes the barrel, please don’t give credit where it is not due

  • Nick

    It’s the modulor by Le Corbusier!

  • spinola

    come on, it’s a good project and a it seems to be a good place to work in..
    building with simple, down to earth materials and making it look this sophisticated, you got to give him credit..

  • CH

    It is nice to see that you started to show Argentine Arq.
    and more interesting yet the opinion of Architetcs from everywhere…

    And yes… many studios here are still using Computers from the 90s!!! :)

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