City of Arts Ateliers / Lucio Morini

Architects: Lucio Morini
Location: Ciudad de Córdoba,
Project Team: + GGMPU Arquitectos – Gramática/Morini/Pisani/Urtubey
Project Manager: Arq. Iciar Lecuona
Client: IECSA S.A. – Electroingeniería S.A.-U.T.E.
Contractor: IECSA S.A. – Electroingeniería S.A.-U.T.E.
Project Area: 950 sqm
Project Year: 2006-2007
Photographs: Lucio Morini, Sosa Pinilla

These studios belong to the Córdoba Province City of the Arts, a campus housing painting, sculpture, photography, and music schools.

They are to be lent to invited artists for short periods of time, so that they can live and work in them and develop their work within a private realm, while sharing their life and work experience with the students.

floor plans

A continuous strip defining the edge of an interior plaza, it holds 10 studios -8 for painters and 2 for sculptors- with a nearly identical design.

Each studio is a 2 story unit with a double height, glass-enclosed space facing either south (painters´ units) or north (sculptors´ units).

A large lifting glass door allows the interior of the studio to merge with the plaza.

The bedroom and toilet are located on the first floor, and the living, dining and cooking space on the second, which allows their expansion towards an open terrace.

The building is shaped by a sequence of parallel planes, a U-glass plane towards the south, and a transparent glass façade facing north. The latter is covered by a system of folding, perforated-metal shutters which vary in transparency depending on the light conditions and position; producing variations in the façade pattern.

Cite: "City of Arts Ateliers / Lucio Morini" 29 Jan 2010. ArchDaily. Accessed 28 May 2015. <>
  • robert

    nice one:) spot on fuctionality!

  • Genna

    I think any Arts Schools need to have this type of setting for student housing! So easy to make this a ‘green’ building. I love it!

  • Modern Zen Architecture

    Absolutely spot on! It’s a perfect example of architecture finding its place to fill a void. I hope we see more, not just in Argentina, but across the globe.

    And, when the world catches on that great architecture coupled with great design, engineering, and function benefits all people in society.

  • Nicholas Patten

    Colorful: City of Arts Ateliers.

  • alonso

    Lucio Morini case is very special. He{ s considered the “south american golden boy” in architecture. Considering he´s very young, his work (already reviewd by the most important specialized magazines) is already turning upside down argentinas´s architecture.

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  • Roberto

    Lo fui a ver… Hermoso y sensual, aunque me genera algunas dudas con la temperatura… Igualmente, hermoso y renovador… Inspirador.