Author: Raquel Khoury Gregorio
Instructor: Daniel Corsi
Universidade Presbiteriana Mackenzie
The proposal was to design a permeable urban block compose by a set of cubes (6.0m x 6.0m x 6.0m) on a area of 96m x 96m. The main intention of the project was to create a volume that interacts with the pedestrians.
The three levels of height of the building are interconnected in order to create a larger volume that interacts with the public space of the court. Its extensions and set backs interlaces the building with the public space of the street and create a mixture between them, improving the relation between the pedestrians and the building.
Its implantation in the ground floor establishes 5 wide areas of permanence connected with each other by the paths created by the own buildings. These paths are regular in order not to confuse the pedestrian while walking in the court. In the center of the court there is a main square surrounded by commercial cubes.
The unit of composition in the urban block is a cube with 6m x 6m x 6m. Its floor plan enables the user to decide where to position the program without a pre-imposition of the architect. It is not decided where the bathroom or the kitchen is, but a hidraulic wall. The cubes are connected to each other in order to share the hydraulic installations. It has a ground floor (6m x6m) and a mezzanine (6m x 3m).
On the court they create a configuration that generates broad areas for the collective use on the ground floor or in the roof top of the cubes.
The horizontal circulation is located on the facade facing out of the court, in order to reserve the views of the inner squares to the more intimate facades. The brise soleil on the ground floor serves to establish softly a transitional area between the public space and the private, without visually attacking the squares which surrounds it, like a “transparent wall”. It is individual to each cube, protecting only one cube entrance. In the second and third floor the circulation is collective and what was once an individual garden on the ground floor becomes a collective walkway with the same 2.4 meters wide. The brise soleil rotates in order to meet the momentary needs of each set, giving movement to the façade.