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Grecco Building / Arzubialde Arquitectos

  • 00:00 - 26 March, 2013
  • Translated by Lorena Quintana
Grecco Building / Arzubialde Arquitectos
Grecco Building / Arzubialde Arquitectos, © Walter G. Salcedo
© Walter G. Salcedo

© Walter G. Salcedo © Walter G. Salcedo © Walter G. Salcedo © Walter G. Salcedo + 20

  • Architects

  • Location

    Middleton 2078, Rosario, Santa Fe Province, Argentina
  • Design Team

    Baulíes Santiago, Cabezudo Martín, Piccini Franco
  • Structural Design

    Héctor Solís, Alicia Cinalli
  • Electrical Installation

    Gustavo Begue, Hernán Martínez Prieto
  • Ironwork

    Miguel Acuña
  • Building Services

    Marcelo Sorbara
  • Area

    604.45 m2
  • Project Year

  • Photography

    Walter G. Salcedo

Text description provided by the architects. Pasaje Middleton, a narrow alleyway in the center of the city of Rosario, is the site of our small apartment building. The ground floor is designed for parking, and six two-bedroom apartments are distributed in first, second and third floors.

© Walter G. Salcedo
© Walter G. Salcedo

The volume was shaped during an abrupt and very short design process, during which the commission suffered some substantial alterations: an area on the ground floor intended for retail became parking, and a commission for four apartments became one for six. The search for the best orientations and the building code (minimum distance from property line beginning at a certain height, minimum courtyard area) were taken into account.

© Walter G. Salcedo
© Walter G. Salcedo

In order to achieve an open ground plan as versatile as possible, the structure on the ground floor was designed with reinforced concrete beams and steel columns.

© Walter G. Salcedo
© Walter G. Salcedo

The remaining floors were designed with load bearing, hollow brick masonry, comprised of bricks 18x18x33 centimeters. This design avoided formwork, concrete pouring and curing for an independent structure, which reduced the construction runtime.

© Walter G. Salcedo
© Walter G. Salcedo

The tiles used as wall coverings are a consequence of this decision; to work with load bearing ceramic bricks, a technique which requires a finish.

© Walter G. Salcedo
© Walter G. Salcedo

The finish is thus presented as an experiment in itself. It responds to three variables:

© Walter G. Salcedo
© Walter G. Salcedo

  1. To offer a texture to the surface

  2. To give color to the volume

  3. To solve these variables with a material that contains color in its mass, to avoid maintenance.


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Cite: "Grecco Building / Arzubialde Arquitectos" [Edificio Grecco / Arzubialde Arquitectos] 26 Mar 2013. ArchDaily. (Trans. Quintana, Lorena) Accessed . <> ISSN 0719-8884