Brick House / Ventura Virzi arquitectos

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Location: , Argentina
Project Team: Daniel Ventura, Andrés Virzi, Juan Pablo Callegari
Project Area: 90.0 m2
Project Year: 2011
Photography: Federico Kulekdjian, Courtesy of Ventura Vizi

EEUU 4263 Building / BAK Arquitectos

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Architects: BAK Arquitectos
Location: Province, Argentina
Project Architects: María Victoria Besonías, Luciano Kruk
Project Area: 1,419 sqm
Project Year: 2009
Photography: Gustavo Soza Pinilla

House in Villa Cielo / Estudio M + N

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Architects: Estudio M + N
Location: , Córdoba Province, Argentina
Project Architect: Cristian Nanzer
Project Area: 292 sqm
Project Year: 2007
Photographs: Gustavo Sosa Pinilla, Cristian Nanzer

AD Classics: Ariston Hotel / Marcel Breuer

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Located in the La Serena neighborhood of Mar del Plata, Argentina, the well-known yet now abandoned Ariston Hotel was designed and constructed in 1948 by the Hungarian architect Marcel Breuer, a great diffuser of the modern movement in architecture. Originally meant for housing social reunions, dances and cocktail parties, this project is notable for its elevated volume with a curving, clover-inspired form that permits maximum glazing.

3DF / R2b1

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Architects: R2b1
Location: ,
Architect In Charge: Silvana Carla Parentella, Joaquín Sánchez Gómez
Year: 2013
Photographs: Javier Agustin Rojas

Emilio Caraffa Fine Arts Museum / GGMPU Arquitectos + Lucio Morini

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Architects: GGMPU Arquitectos, Lucio Morini
Location: Córdoba, Córdoba Province,
Design Team: GGMPU Arquitectos – Gramática/Morini/Pisani/Urtubey +
Project Area: 4400.0 m2
Project Year: 2008
Photography: Gonzalo Viramonte, Courtesy of GGMPU Arquitectos

Collaborators: Daniel Icikson, Nicolás Margherit
Client: Agencia Córdoba Cultura / Gobierno de la Provincia de Córdoba
Sector A: Refuncionalización y ampliación Museo Emilio Caraffa (I)
Project: MZARCH – Mendoza/Mendoza/Margherit Arquitectos Asociados
Technical Management: MZARCH – Mendoza/Mendoza/Margherit Arquitectos Asociados
Site Management: Adrián Castagno
Consultants: Fragueiro & Novillo Ings., Ing. A. Bastet, Ingeniar S.A., Tecnoseguridad S.R.L., Ing. H. Mangupli, Maestre Iluminación, Radyk & Aguirregomezcorta.
Surface Area: 2100 m2
Sector B: Museo Emilio Caraffa (Ampliación II) – Ex I.P.E.F.

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From the architect. The remodeled Emilio Caraffa Museum, which adds the annexation of the building of the former Institute of Physical Education, is part of a larger complex that includes the new Palacio Ferreyra Museum. The new Caraffa Museum has, on one hand, a variety of showrooms mainly for temporary exhibitions and, on the other hand, the necessary premises for the technical support of the entire complex such as cataloging, classification, research, restoration, warehouses for receipt of funds from both museums, library, administration, programming, design and assembly of exhibitions, etc..

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The project for what is now called Caraffa Museum was commissioned to Hungarian architect Johannes Kronfuss, who in 1915 concluded the project based on a neoclassical approach that should, in a first stage, house the Museum and in another later stage, house the Applied Arts School of the Province. Only a quarter of this project was built in 1916. In 1962 the museum was expanded as a regular prism designed internally with mezzanines that occupied the space that Kronfuss had imagined as the central courtyard of the museum. In turn, in 1938 the IPEF building was constructed, designed by architect Bottaro. In 2006 it was decided to expand and remodel the Caraffa, entrusting GGMPU with the museum project itself and a new connector building (Sector A) that would link it to the built IPEF, whose design was commissioned to architects MZARCH (Sector B).

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The main concept that guided the design of the complex was the generation of a new art museum, capable of grouping and linking the many facets of contemporary art. We preserved the existing surfaces of the original buildings so that the new bodies relate to the bodies of the past in a continuous sequence. The internal layout of the buildings is through horizontal and vertical connectors that link different areas and exhibition rooms where visitors are free to explore the spaces, generate their own itineraries or move through preset tours.

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In Sector A, designed by GGMPU and Lucio Morini, the existing building presented some complexities manifested in problems of accessibility, fragmentation of interior spaces into planes at half levels difficult to cross, and unsuitable heights for exhibition spaces, which added to the dispersion of the buildings on the ground. The idea of the intervention was to design a building-connector that would develop in space, joining all existing parts, allowing them to maintain their own individuality and original character and at the same time express a strong unit whole. This building-connector materialized by using a metal structure manifested outwardly through a glass surface of diverse transparencies and opacities.

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The scaling of the museum, which went from 1200m ² to 4400m ², proposed a change in its center of gravity. This led to the modification of the main entrance now through a square at the sidewalk level, solving the problem of accessibility to disabled and elderly persons present in the original access. On this same level is the cafeteria and art library, both with direct access from the square. On the second level, the storage areas and services of the original building were transformed into a new exhibition room.

Sections Facades

On the third level, interior slabs at half levels from the 1962 expansion were demolished and replaced by a new slab unifying the space, giving it greater height and leveling it with rooms restored from the 1916 building which now have continuity with a foyer in cantilever that is developed over the entrance plaza. Both reaffirm the piano nobile condition presented by the original project. This new foyer has another access for students who arrive in their transport.

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On the next level up is the access to a room-bridge that connects to the adjacent building (ex IPEF) forming a continuous loop with the group of exhibitions rooms located there.

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Taking advantage of existing conditions, the project has established a multitude of halls whose shapes, sizes, heights and lighting allow the development of a wide variety of art forms.

Floor Plan Level 1

Casa Fenomenológica / Estudio Botteri-Connell

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Architects: Estudio Botteri-Connell
Location: , , Argentina
Architect In Charge: Arqs. Sofía Botteri Cappa, Patricio Gabriel Connell
Collaborators : Rosalía Vicente, José Chaves
Area: 320.0 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: Gustavo Sosa Pinilla

Carassale House / BAK Architects

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Architect Office: BAK Arquitects
Location: Pinamar, Province,
Project Directors: María Victoria Besonias, Luciano Kruk
Collaborators: Ekaterina Allaria Kunzel, Juan Martín Antonutti, Federico Eichenberg
Site Area: 1024 sqm
Build Area: 163.0 sqm
Year: 2012
Photography: Gustavo Sosa Pinilla

Clustered Dwellings Building / Ana Smud + Estudio Rietti Smud

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Architects: Estudio Rietti Smud + Ana Smud
Location: Buenos Aires,
Project Architect: Ana Smud
Team: Agustina Falcon, Daniel Zelcer, Matias Rebusone, Nicolas Fernandez Sanz.
Project Area: 400 sqm
Project Year: 2012
Photographs: Courtesy of Ana Smud

Textiles del Sur Offices / Ana Smud

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Architects: Ana Smud
Location: , Buenos Aires Province, Argentina
Team: Ana Smud, Juan Magistrali, Agustina Falcon, Daniel Zelcer, Luciana Casoy
Site Management: Fernando Yaben, Maria Alejandra Carrete Interiorismo : Ana Smud, Agustina Falcon, Liliana Schraier
Project Area: 1,200 sqm
Project Year: 2013
Photographs: Courtesy of Ana Smud

Bicentennial Museum / B4FS Arquitectos

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Architects: B4FS Arquitectos
Location: , Argentina
Area: 6,900 sqm
Photographs: Courtesy of B4FS

OZ 3459 / estudiotrama + arqtipo

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Architects: estudiotrama + arqtipo
Location: , Buenos Aires Province, Argentina
Project Architects: Diego Aceto, Dario Litvinoff, Diego Lorenzo, Matías Tozzini
Collaborators: Paola Castelnuovo, Cecilia Gimenez, Lucas Gorroño
Project Area: 300 sqm
Project Year: 2013
Photographs: Federico Kulekdjian

In Progress: Dorrego 1711 Building / Dieguez Fridman

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Architects: Dieguez Fridman
Location: Avenida Dorrego 1711, Buenos Aires,
Project Architects: Axel Fridman, Tristan Dieguez, Pablo Roveran
Structures: AHFSA Ing. Alberto Fainstein
Project Area: 1,950 sqm
Project Year: 2013
Photography: Courtesy of Dieguez Fridman

Abasto Children’s Museum / Gruba

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Architects: Gruba
Location: , Argentina
Architect In Charge: Arq.ConstanzaNuñez and Gabriel Pires Mateus
Area: 140 sqm
Photographs: Maximiliano Bort

Cabo House / Vanguarda Architects

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Architects: Vanguarda Architects
Location: Avenida Nordelta, Province, Argentina
Architect In Charge: Alejandro Amoedo
Area: 452.0 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: Courtesy of Vanguarda Architects

BLLTT House / Enrique Barberis

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Architects: Enrique Barberis
Location: , Buenos Aires Province,
Co Author: Guido Piaggio
Site Area: 1400 m2
Area: 350.0 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Alejandro Peral

Fioretti House / A4 estudio

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Architects: A4 estudio
Location: Loteo El Molino,
Project Architects: Leonardo Codina, Juan Manuel Filice
Project Area: 428 sqm
Project Year: 2009
Photographs: García&Betancourt

CL House / BAM! arquitectura

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Architects: BAM! arquitectura
Location: Saladillo, , Argentina
Project Architects: Gonzalo Bardach, Matías Mosquera
Project Area: 160 sqm
Project Year: 2013
Photographs: Courtesy of BAM! arquitectura