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Argentina based practice Hitzig Militello arquitectos have designed the Office + House Luna in Buenos Aires. The building consists two separate volumes, a house for the client and an office for his business. The sustainable house features ventilated facades and rainwater harvesting.
From the architects, “The office provides certain dynamics in materials and forms, the heterogeneity of materials underlies in the homogeneity of its dark shades of color. The dynamics of the facade, result of a formal operation, seeks to achieve a functional simplicity at the entrance while generating visuals towards its neighbors, rather lower buildings. The facade includes a palette of two materials, zinc metal and brick, trimmed as if one is the other’s negative.
On the contrary, in the volume of the family house, the operation is simple and powerful . It is a concrete volume without intermediate structure, achieving free visuals across the entire lot. This structural effort brings about a certain ingravity of its component parts. This is reflected in elements such the staircase and balcony, both suspended. The curved and solid wall of the facade (inner courtyard facade), built in a dark common type of brick, opposes to the glazed facade (back garden).
Ultimately, the project shows a volumetric contrast, result of two very different uses. In spite of that, the project reaches a balanced dialog between tones and materials that sews both buildings together.”
Photographs: Federico Kulekdjian