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Refurbishment in Architecture

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Urban House / FGM Arquitectos

  • 15:00 - 19 October, 2015
Urban House / FGM Arquitectos
Urban House / FGM Arquitectos , © Elías Martínez Ojeda
© Elías Martínez Ojeda

© Elías Martínez Ojeda © Elías Martínez Ojeda © Elías Martínez Ojeda © Elías Martínez Ojeda + 28

  • Collaborators

    Bachs. Verónica Espinosa, Lucía Gutiérrez, Juan Delgado.
  • Construction

    Fabricasas S.R.L.
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© Elías Martínez Ojeda
© Elías Martínez Ojeda

Text description provided by the architects. The “Casa Urbana” project is located on a standard plot 8.66 meters wide, in the Cordon neighborhood of Montevideo, Uruguay, oriented NW-SE. Originally there was a house from the 1930s occupying the entire surface available on the plot, developed on one level around two courtyards with skylights. The challenge consisted in designing “Casa Urbana” enterprises facilities at the low level, and a housing extension upstairs.

© Elías Martínez Ojeda
© Elías Martínez Ojeda

The refurbishment of the ground floor was conceived taking advantage of the existing structure and walls, opening a series of new skylights admitting diffuse daylight, and making use of the building depth, thus adapting it to its new role as clothing design and production workshops, without losing its original features.

Section BB
Section BB

Openings and pavement were in good condition, allowing manual recovery and restoration of the wood and leaving it bare to give the space warmth. Existing skylights were preserved and recovered and the service area was adapted to the new requirements.

© Elías Martínez Ojeda
© Elías Martínez Ojeda

The housing extension design was based on a short text in which the wishes of our customers were expressed. These had to do with the daily life and a clear recognition of their way of living and enjoying the private space. Thus we incorporated in our project the initial ideas: "... light ... contact with the sunset and the stars...", "...being outdoors in the company of Luna, Tango and our plants... they and us protected from the scorching summer sun", "... an integrated breakfast area facing the living room allowing interaction...", "...silence ... and time for use of each room...".

Section AA
Section AA

The house is on two levels on the existing roof structure of metal frames and light enclosures. The access leads to an integrated and flexible living area in close contact with an outside space provided by a shaded terrace.

© Elías Martínez Ojeda
© Elías Martínez Ojeda

The private area is developed on the top level and consists of two bedrooms, a bathroom and a multi-purpose circulation and study area. The connection to the street through an alternating opaque / transparent enclosure, preserves the privacy and at the same time links up with the integrated living areas. A more direct relationship with the outdoors is provided by openings onto the terrace, protected from direct contact with the urban environment.

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Cite: "Urban House / FGM Arquitectos " 19 Oct 2015. ArchDaily. Accessed . <> ISSN 0719-8884

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