Apartment Refurbishment in A. Vespucio / Enrique Browne

Apartment Refurbishment in A. Vespucio / Enrique Browne

Apartment Refurbishment in A. Vespucio / Enrique BrowneApartment Refurbishment in A. Vespucio / Enrique BrowneApartment Refurbishment in A. Vespucio / Enrique BrowneApartment Refurbishment in A. Vespucio / Enrique Browne+ 20

  • Architects: Enrique Browne
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area:  294
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2008

Text description provided by the architects. The Project is the transformation of a 20 year old apartment in a historicist building. Since it´s located in the 6th floor, it has excellent views to the west guaranteed. The remodeling considered a program different from its original, plus a guest room. This and other reasons influenced in the desire of generate bigger and more integrated spaces. 

The possibilities of intervention were very restrictive because: a) It was a requirement to keep the exterior untouched; b) Almost all the walls were of structural reinforced concrete, making it hard to modify and; c) the floor-ceiling height was very low.

The proposal integrates and magnifies the spaces as possible. For example, by unifying the living room and the dining room or by making the bedrooms bigger. The spatial quality and variety is achieved with wooden bands in the ceiling that unite the spaces, hid the beams, illumination and other fittings. These bands descend to the floor in certain doors, connecting the ceiling to the floor. Another descends to the table of the dining room.

In the kitchen an inverse treatment was used. A red ceramic band climbs from the floor to the table and stove and it returns to the floor again. The changing natural and artificial light gives variety to spaces. The bathrooms had a special treatment with wood to give them warmth.

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Address:Santiago, Santiago Metropolitan Region, Chile

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Cite: "Apartment Refurbishment in A. Vespucio / Enrique Browne" 19 Feb 2009. ArchDaily. Accessed . <https://www.archdaily.com/14686/apartment-refurbishment-in-a-vespucio-enrique-browne> ISSN 0719-8884
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