PH Scalabrini Ortiz House / Kohan Ratto Arquitectos

PH Scalabrini Ortiz House / Kohan Ratto Arquitectos

© Javier Agustín Rojas© Javier Agustín Rojas© Javier Agustín Rojas© Javier Agustín Rojas+ 34

Palermo, Argentina
  • Lead Architects:Brian Kohan + Milagros Ratto
  • Interior Area:559 ft2
  • Exterior Area:279 ft2
  • City:Palermo
  • Country:Argentina
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© Javier Agustín Rojas
© Javier Agustín Rojas

Text description provided by the architects. The project is located in the neighborhood of Palermo, in a housing complex in horizontal property of the 40's. The PH Scalabrini Ortiz is the intervention in the last property of the series, the smallest and closest to the lung of the block.

© Javier Agustín Rojas
© Javier Agustín Rojas
Ground floor plan
Ground floor plan
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© Javier Agustín Rojas

Originally conceived as the manager's home and with a total surface area of only 30 square meters, it had undergone successive transformations by the previous owners to the point of being unrecognizable. The small patio had been roofed to make better use of the surface, but had lost the possibility of expansion, light and good ventilation conditions.

© Javier Agustín Rojas
© Javier Agustín Rojas
© Javier Agustín Rojas
© Javier Agustín Rojas

The intervention consisted in first instance in returning a patio to the unit, understanding it as the key condition of the typology of PH dwellings. In order to recover the patio, the footprint of the building had to be taken to its minimum expression, and organized into a volume of three levels where each one absorbs a part of the programme.

© Javier Agustín Rojas
© Javier Agustín Rojas

In this way, a vertical circulation is configured where each stratum establishes a specific interaction with the courtyard and the urban landscape, graduating different situations of intimacy and relationship with the exterior.

© Javier Agustín Rojas
© Javier Agustín Rojas

The ground floor, with the living room and the kitchen, establishes a completely diluted relationship between interior and exterior, unmarking the limits between the courtyard and the house to shape a continuous and protected space on a double height. The studio on the first floor is removed to generate the double height on the ground floor, looking at the patio through the void. On the second floor, the bedroom rises above the courtyard, recovering the city with a view of the fabric of the block. Finally, from the terrace-garden, one can contemplate the urban landscape under the shelter of the neighbouring poplar tree.

© Javier Agustín Rojas
© Javier Agustín Rojas
Axonometric 02
Axonometric 02
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© Javier Agustín Rojas

The steel-frameing construction system made it possible to minimise the load of the new piece on the pre-existing walls, and also to reduce the execution times of the construction.

© Javier Agustín Rojas
© Javier Agustín Rojas

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Cite: "PH Scalabrini Ortiz House / Kohan Ratto Arquitectos" [PH Scalabrini Ortiz / Kohan Ratto Arquitectos] 25 Sep 2020. ArchDaily. Accessed . <https://www.archdaily.com/948322/ph-scalabrini-ortiz-house-kohan-ratto-arquitectos> ISSN 0719-8884

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