More often than not, our job consists of responding to questions, both technical and creative. On this occasion we’re asking ourselves the following: How to transfer ideas and concepts of prestigious emblematic architecture to the world of residential architecture, without detriment to its aesthetic value and without making it unaffordable for the majority of buyers? How to facilitate the middle-class with access to unique constructions, which reinvent and adapt those forms of a more avant-garde architecture?
Whilst it’s true that the kind of architecture to which we refer materialises only in large-budget buildings, with the new construction systems that we’re developing in our company, the avant-garde designs can be applied to a significant number of buildings and thus democratise. As such, they enter into the reach of a larger population.
Therefore, with this objective in mind, we’re working on low-rise, single-family residential projects, whose habitable core is made up of modular prefabricated containers. To this concept we add a light macro-structure as a roof, which not only functions as protection against the weather, but also becomes a protagonist element, which provides new and positive qualities:
- It converts the building into an architectonic landmark for the community, the neighbourhood and predictably the city, in such a way that it stands out and satisfies the inevitable desire of living in an exclusive place.
- It delimits a shared, public space, which makes the building’s exterior a welcoming place for residents and visitors.
- It controls solar radiation, providing shade for the housing and public space, reducing final energy consumption and the building’s carbon footprint because of its operation, whilst also aligning with the UN’s objectives of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.
Consequently, the two initial issues are resolved; we obtain a visually powerful result that adapts costly and extraordinary buildings’ structures, to an equally extraordinary building, but one accessible to the general public.