Duplex in Palmares / Arkosis

Duplex in Palmares / Arkosis

Duplex in Palmares / Arkosis - Interior Photography, Facade, GardenDuplex in Palmares / Arkosis - Interior Photography, StairsDuplex in Palmares / Arkosis - Interior Photography, Windows, FacadeDuplex in Palmares / Arkosis - Interior PhotographyDuplex in Palmares / Arkosis - More Images+ 22

  • Architects: Arkosis
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area:  146
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2022
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  • Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project
    Manufacturers:  Concrepal, Nalakalu
  • Lead Architect: Iván Delgado Salazar
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Duplex in Palmares / Arkosis - Exterior Photography
© Roberto D´Ambrosio

Text description provided by the architects. The client asked for a building with two twin apartments, one on top of the other, as the first of two projects to take place on the two last vacant plots of land in the neighborhood, which belong to two brothers.  A duplex solution was proposed instead, in order to preserve the relationship that all the other houses in the area still have with the street. Thus, the property´s 10-meter frontage is divided in two which results in narrow and deep floorplans with ample open spaces in front and in the back, this allows for an ideal combination of contact of the first floor with the ground and the privacy that the second floor provides. 

Duplex in Palmares / Arkosis - Interior Photography, Facade, Garden
© Roberto D´Ambrosio
Duplex in Palmares / Arkosis - Interior Photography, Windows, Facade
© Roberto D´Ambrosio
Duplex in Palmares / Arkosis - Interior Photography
© Roberto D´Ambrosio

The building is austere in its gestures, proportions, materials, and techniques, with the intention of keeping the proportionality between the cost of the construction job and those of the land and the house rentals in the area.  The execution of the project took place during the global supply chain crisis, therefore we chose mostly materials in stock in local warehouses.  The construction has a monolithic character, including secondary components such as stairs and kitchen counters so as to make it resistant to the intensive use of different tenants and to require as minimal maintenance as possible; this however does not prevent future progressive finishes from being added, such as ceilings, floor finishes, and countertops in order to keep up with the changing demands of new tenants.

Duplex in Palmares / Arkosis - Interior Photography, Stairs
© Roberto D´Ambrosio
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Duplex in Palmares / Arkosis - Interior Photography
© Roberto D´Ambrosio

The depth and array of components of the front elevation respond to its southeast orientation, in order to provide shading from the sun and the northwest rain as well as privacy and security.  The dense concrete side walls provide thermal mass to keep adequate air temperatures throughout the day. It is intended that the building be read as a unit despite being made of two strictly symmetrical halves and that it becomes a part of more complex symmetries when the new adjacent project is completed, (which in turn will be made up of two parts).  We seek that this architecture is perceived as having certain dualities: silent and expressive, familiar and peculiar, as two and one at the same time.

Duplex in Palmares / Arkosis - Interior Photography, Wood, Beam, Chair, Windows
© Roberto D´Ambrosio

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Project location

Address:150m oeste del Banco Popular, Barrio El Carmen, Provincia de Alajuela, Palmares, Costa Rica

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Cite: "Duplex in Palmares / Arkosis" [Duplex en Palmares / Arkosis] 23 Oct 2022. ArchDaily. Accessed . <https://www.archdaily.com/990919/duplex-in-palmares-arkosis> ISSN 0719-8884

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