Text description provided by the architects. Giancarlo Mazzanti is a Colombian architect who has designed award winning public buildings, such as the España Library, the Nazca restaurant and the La Ladera Library. By looking at this work, you can see a continuity in terms of materials, colors and space configuration. But also, he plays around on how you appoarch, enter and circulate the buildings.
All of this is put into form again, on two residential buildings: Habitar 72 (left) and Habitar 74 (right).
Maybe I will have the opportunity of interviewing Giancarlo next week. Please leave a comment if you´d like me to ask something in particular.
This Project is located on a residential neighborhood on the east side of the city, formed by 7 stories tall adjacent buildings. On this specific site, we had a 7 stories tall blind wall of a building to the east, and isolation was required by regulation to the west side, overlooking the mountains, next to a school. Given that, the building is adjacent to the building to the east, with a perforated wall over the street, which contains the double height of the apartments. Over the west side, the project opens with large windows.
The plot is long (45m) and thin (12m), but zoning requires 4m of separation, which ends up on a 35x8m useful area. This defined two apartments per floor, for the best views and daylight conditions.
The duplex apartments were developed as empty volumes to be occupied and designed according to the requirements of each client. Given that, apartments have an open plan, with service pipelines on the back that allow for the maximum flexibility to let each module to be treated as a complete autonomous element.
The project is developed as a traditional pillar/beam structure, with walls finished on white-bone concrete, brown stone floors and transparent and colored glass panels, that hide service zones to the outside.
The first floor has a latticed wooden wall that uniforms, while giving character to, the entrance.
A veil to the city
This Project is located on a residential neighborhood on the east side of the city, formed by 7 stories tall adjacent buildings. On this specific site, we had a 7 stories tall blind wall of a building to the north and were required to be isolated from a 5 stories tall building to the south.
Given that, the building is adjacent to the one on the north, using similar colors (wood) for integrations. Over the east side a latticed wood veil gives depth and natural daylight, while distancing from the neighbor building.
Over the long facade, linear openings overlook the mountains and the gardens of an adjacent school. Over this openings, colored glass panels allow for sun and win control, coming from the east.
Several apartment typologies were developed: duplex, full floor and others. Floors were developed as big open spaces on which isolated cubes at the center contain vertical circulations, with services (kitchen, bathrooms) on the east side. This results on facades free of walls, with daylight entering by 3 open sides. The terraces were designed as vertical gardens overlooking the city.