Santa Clara Residence / Ad Urbis Arquitectos

Santa Clara Residence / Ad Urbis Arquitectos
Santa Clara Residence / Ad Urbis Arquitectos - Exterior Photography, Facade, Balcony
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La Habana, Cuba
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area :  390
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year :  2019
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  • Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project
    Manufacturers :  AutoDesk, Adobe, Trimble
  • Lead Architect : Kiovet Sánchez Álvarez
  • Design Team : Samuel Puente, Amed Aroche, Nguyen Rodriguez
  • Structural Engineer : Marisol Marrero Oliva
  • Electrical Engineer : Enrique Lopez Zimerman
  • MEP : Odrasir Ruiz González
  • Mechanical Engineer : Armando Quiñones
  • Collaborators : Nelsón Ponce, Edel Rodriguez Molano (Mola), Gabriel Lara (Gabo), Yaimel López
  • City : La Habana
  • Country : Cuba
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Text description provided by the architects. Located barely a few meters from Havana Bay, the studio for Santa Clara residence involved a complex research process. This process was mainly focused on discovering the rules to follow within the regulatory framework in the area, all of which allowed us later to add two levels above the original structure of the building.

Santa Clara Residence / Ad Urbis Arquitectos - Interior Photography, Bedroom, Bed
© Nestor Kim Enríquez
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Santa Clara Residence / Ad Urbis Arquitectos - Interior Photography, Bedroom, Wood
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The residence is part of a corner-building unity from the 19th century with patrimonial value. To turn it back into a boutique guesthouse of four levels, incorporating new communal spaces and extending the housing depth of the building, the undefined typology of the urban area, as well as the exceptional condition of the original building of having two different props in two different spaces (double order), were also taken into account. The addition of the new volume is conditioned by the surrounding heights. The new spaces were managed to be naturally ventilated and lighted without being detrimental to the neighboring buildings. The communal places, such as courtyards, inner galleries and corridors were reinterpreted in the new project, paying special attention to the new passageways, which are designed to yield prominence to the bedrooms, at the same time as intimate and private spaces are generated, a new landscape is built and the user is protected from the elements.

Santa Clara Residence / Ad Urbis Arquitectos - Interior Photography, Beam
© Nestor Kim Enríquez
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Floor Plan
Santa Clara Residence / Ad Urbis Arquitectos - Interior Photography, Countertop
© Nestor Kim Enríquez

All finishes, woodwork, ironwork and furniture in this project are determined by a close relationship of collaboration established among local artists, artisans, carpenters and ironworkers. This is common practice developed by the team based on their understanding of the place, the local skills and the ability to find solutions, which is derived from working in a context of material scarcity.

Santa Clara Residence / Ad Urbis Arquitectos - Interior Photography, Stairs, Wood, Handrail
© Nestor Kim Enríquez

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Address:13 Santa Clara, La Habana, Cuba

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Cite: "Santa Clara Residence / Ad Urbis Arquitectos" [Residencia Santa Clara / Ad Urbis Arquitectos] 06 Feb 2021. ArchDaily. Accessed . <https://www.archdaily.com/944777/santa-clara-residence-ad-urbis-arquitectos> ISSN 0719-8884

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