The proposal for the urban design of this square proposes an ingenious and experimental system for temporarily removing street furniture when necessary. The tables and chairs are hidden under the pavement by means of a hydraulic system.
The top view of the physical model shows the relation between the building and its context. The urban park is linked to the main plaza and the urban design provides access for vehicles and pedestrians from the south side of the plot.
The façade system proposed for the building functions as a double skin that provides a homogeneous appearance, it regulates ventilation and the incidence of sunlight on the curtain wall behind and introduces greenery on each level creating a vertical garden.
The bird’s eye view of the square shows the street lighting system, consisting of flexible illuminated poles that move in the wind to create a dynamic effect. The spatial organisation of the square is based on circular shapes.
The section shows the transformation of the original house: the extension of the living room and kitchen on the ground floor, the new inner courtyard with greenery, the terraces of the bedrooms overlooking the garden and the loft conversion at the top.
The resort is located in an old rice plantation, crowned by a prominent hill to the east. The primary road system is determined by the terrain contours. The interstitial spaces are converted into a triangular mesh to arrange the buildings on top.
The general view of the masterplan shows the unique relationship between the architecture and the landscape. Like a mineral crystallization, the resort introduces a geometric rhythm, which, articulated by the pointed roofs, results in a varied and organic composition.
The urban design of Slatina Square features a series of circular elements that function as water features, gardens, kiosks or street furniture. The result is a fun and informal design that allows for multiple uses of public space.
The house is distributed over two floors that do not correspond to each other in their entire perimeter. This generates cantilevered bodies in some areas and terraces in others, as shown in the section and elevation of the building.
The most extensive flats in the residential complex have four and five bedrooms. The living room has the dimensions and distribution typical of the traditional typology and has a balcony to the interior riad.
Despite the dynamic form of the building, the interior layout is highly functional. The complex is divided into two blocks, the one next to the party wall has commercial use while the corner block comprises the restaurant and hotel rooms around a central atrium.
The street furniture in the square consists of various cylindrical elements. Some of them, such as kiosks, tables and seats, can be hidden under the pavement by means of a hydraulic system, so that the square can be left free for other uses.
The sections of land show the layout of the villas and their relationship with the landscape. Despite the rhythmic and geometric modulation of the masterplan, the result is a dynamic and capricious arrangement that provides a domestic and intimate character to the village.
The building consists of four interlocking levels. On the second and third floors, there are large terraces from which to contemplate the landscape. Shops and boutiques are located on the ground floors, while leisure businesses such as bars and restaurants are located on the upper floors.
The cross-section drawing of this public building shows the library, exhibition hall and auditorium. This multifunctional hall is situated in the heart of the building, enveloped by a glass louvred façade.
The land use map shows the different districts and their urban fabric. It distinguishes residential areas, offices, recreational areas, financial centres, public and commercial buildings, among others.
The western part of the master plan is bordering the consolidated urban fabric near the river. At the top of the hills a business centre is proposed, connected to the residential area by a bridge across the green belt of the valley.
The building is situated close to a steep slope, so the new extension also serves as a pedestrian bridge connecting the upper street with the main avenue. This secondary public access is linked to the access to the multi-purpose hall.
The circulation system of the shopping centre is based on an axis linking the five volumes of the building and a series of ring-shaped corridors around it. These open-air balconies, protected by glass louvres, provide a pleasant space for strolling and visiting the shops.
The hotel’s main lobby and restaurant are located on the ground floor of the building. The layout of the hotel rooms around the central atrium and the cinema rooms in the building next to the party wall can be seen on the typical floor plan.
The general layout of the resort is determined by the orography of the land. There is a primary road system that allows vehicle access, through which pedestrian access is then provided to the different groups of homes within the triangular gardens.
The cross-section shows the change in height of the building, which, starting from the level of the structures next to the party wall, rises like the prow of a ship towards the intersection of the streets.
Form follows function. The massing of the house is the result of adjusting the position and height of the new spaces. The principle is to provide the best views, adapt the uses and make the landscape part of the building.
The organisation of the hospital is based on an articulated floor plan according to the functions of each department. Supplies, parking and emergency rooms are on the ground floors, patient rooms are on the middle floors and the operating theatres are on the top floor, close to the heliport.
The conceptual design of this single-family house is based on the fragmentation of a simple volume to articulate the uses of the house in a modular way. The result is a pixelated volume that looks like a Tetris of superimposed pieces.
The ground floor of the building has a large pedestrian area that allows circulation between the five groups of shops. In the larger courtyards there are escalators to the upper levels. In each of the five main blocks there are also lift cores and staircases.
This three-dimensional construction detail shows the building’s construction system and the functioning of the façade. The waffle slabs allow for large overhangs, while the tempered glass louvres adapt to the curves around the perimeter.
The section of the building shows the relationship between the ruin and the new building. Formal language and materials further differentiate these two styles, combined to provide a new use of the space.
The general floor plan layouts show the two large courtyards articulating the urban arrangement of the plot. A generous park inserted between the buildings introduces a fluid language connecting the access points.
The building’s five interconnected volumes are adapted to the shape of the plot, which is surrounded by a river. This configuration can be seen in the model, which also shows the courtyards and the façade.
The methacrylate model allows the interior of the building to be observed as if it were an X-ray. This transparent, laser-cut three-dimensional piece shows the stairs and the inner courtyard of the building.
The floor plans show the result of combining the existing house with the new extension. This spatial planning exercise provides well-articulated and functional spaces with excellent lighting and ventilation conditions.
The ground floor of this renovated cultural building shows the public square from which the exhibition hall is accessed. The square is enclosed at both ends, while the front is framed by the bridge containing the residential module.
The urban design of this square in front of the promenade is like a pattern of circles of different sizes. The skylights, lampposts, gardens and fountains are linked together like a constellation. The wood and aluminium model also shows the entrances to the underground car park beneath the square.
The physical model accurately represents the building in its context, where the perforated facade, illuminated, completes the corner of the plot and sets up a dialogue with the surrounding urban fabric.
Due to the rotation of the typical floor of the building, the elevation shows a significant variation in width. The turning movement of the floors does not affect the central core and the vertical structure.
The project model shows the relationship of the buildings to the landscape. The office towers have a free orientation while the residential blocks seek southern light and are oriented on a north-south axis.
The spatial distribution of the house revolves around the landscape. The inner courtyard responds to the best sun exposure, while a large canopy extends above the double height of the living room to frame the view of the mountains to the north.
The diagram shows the different uses of the new building extension modules and the unifying treatment applied to the façade. The result is a more compact and symbolic volume with an improved institutional and intuitive access control.
The refurbishment of the existing building consists of the optimisation of the interior spaces, an extension and the installation of a new envelope that unifies the image of the complex, providing an institutional and contemporary appearance.
The shape of the auditorium hall together with the circulation of the audience determine the symbolic form of the building. The external image reveals the use of the space and its public character, this being an intuitive building where form follows function.
The building complex comprises a residential area and a set of office towers on a podium for commercial use. The landscape design adopts a fluid, organic language that contrasts with the orthogonal composition of the buildings.
In comparison with the urban fabric surrounding the hotel, the form of the building stands out for its dynamism and fluidity. The effect of the façade can be seen in the surrounding model, where the building completes the block and offers a new urban facade to the square.
The ground floor comprises a spacious living/dining room with open plan kitchen, a utility area with laundry room and two guest bedrooms. On the upper floor is the master bedroom with a patio with jacuzzi.
There is one apartment per floor in this building, while the top recessed volume has a duplex with a terrace. The inner courtyard offers access through a perimeter corridor, with a distribution of openings in line with the main façade.
The section of the square shows the relationship between the underground car park and the urban design of the public space. The square, which faces the promenade and is surrounded by old buildings, retains its leafy trees, which are integrated into the design.
The master plan is divided into five districts characterised by the type of urban fabric: consolidated centre, low-density residential area, financial district, urban park and high-density residential area.
The ground floor of the house has a living room, kitchen, an office and two bedrooms. On the upper floor are the master bedroom and the solarium. At the back of the house is the garage, which provides a secondary entrance to the house.
This three-dimensional representation, made of wood and copper, allows us to observe the project as a whole, and to understand how the accesses and levels are resolved in the steep terrain where the church is located.
Plans of the House of Arts, showing the central hall of the auditorium, the theatre, the film library, the reading rooms and the library. The skin of the building forms waves and envelops the floor slabs with louvres.
The structural system of the building is based on a reinforced concrete spine supporting the main cantilever. The rest of the building is made up of floors, beams and pillars that adapt to the changing shape of the scheme.
The visualisation shows the master plan applied to the topography of the terrain. The colours indicate the land use, which makes it possible to appreciate the relationship between the infrastructure and the slope.
The auditorium section shows the appearance of the concert hall, the acoustic ceiling, the fly loft, the stage, the stalls and the orchestra pit. All this is wrapped in a corrugated skin of white concrete.