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Obra Virazón Residence in Tigre, Argentina by Barrionuevo Villanueva Arquitectos

Project name:
Obra Virazón
Architecture firm:
Barrionuevo Villanueva Arquitectos
Tigre, Buenos Aires, Argentina
Gonzalo Viramonte
Principal architect:
Nicolás Barrionuevo, Juan Villanueva
Design team:
Nicolás Barrionuevo, Juan Villanueva
Interior design:
Built area:
310 m²
Site area:
Design year:
Completion year:
Civil engineer:
Structural engineer:
Ingeniero Moscatelli, Andrés
Environmental & MEP:
Tools used:
Concrete, glass, steel, wood
Pose, Marcelo. Espiga Christian, Trufelman, Alejandro
Residential › House

Barrionuevo Villanueva Arquitectos: We understand this work as a succession of defined areas that are put in relation to others so that a whole functions. This is what we try to develop from its imprint. Volumetric clarity consists in determining these areas, giving them a formal identity and putting them in relation to other areas composed with the same logic.

In this way, a large volume appears at 6 x 22 meters locked by a vacuum and as an immediate result the formal management of the ground floor injecting its functions.

It is interesting to note that not only do these have their own condition and use, but the fact of putting them in relation produces a series of spaces and interstices that link them, relate them, give them particular qualities and end up solving new areas that coincidentally turn out to be the most important of the program.

When we speak of intermediate spaces or interstices we speak of access, horizontal and vertical circulation, public area of ​​the house (kitchen, living room, dining room) and expansion gallery.

Without failing to highlight the non-physically constituted element that is vital for all these spaces and volumes to be related, which is the patio. Place that does not demand a physical action to constitute itself, but articulates the horizontal and vertical uses of the entire work.

This is how we can describe the compositional logics and conclude that the physical and formal execution of the spaces is not directly proportional to their importance. Those with less material are more important.

Understanding this, it only remains to highlight the importance of finding a route that links all these spaces and is fed by the qualities that each one of them gives you. Thus being able to appreciate how each of these is affected differently under the action of light.

As you walk through the house you can discover spaces, finding visuals, projections of light and shadow and the life that its operation proposes.

By Naser Nader Ibrahim

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