The Remodelling Plan for the neighborhood of Bon Pastor anticipates the demolition of the 784 Casas Baratas (cheap houses) on the estate that was built in 1929, and their replacement by freestanding blocks to rehouse all of their occupants. The planning structure of single-story houses and the closeness of the neighbors produced a form of community life that gave the district the atmosphere of a village within the city, with lots of life in the street.
On a Street with very little traffic, in an irregular site where an abandoned house used to be, we designed an apartment building in a mostly residential area known as ¨La Americana¨ neighborhood in Guadalajara.
The Pacific reflects ACDF’s evolving approach to developing high-rise buildings entrenched in the public realm. With a succession of projects in the west coast metropolis, including PARQ, and the ongoing Barclay project, The Pacific represents a progression of the firm’s innovative rethinking of the human-scale role of skyscraper development and its contribution to neighbors and pedestrians.
Tracker Office is a building located in an urban area with an accentuated process of residential, commercial, and corporate growth in the city of Blumenau. Among taller buildings and with the character of a structure between blind gables, the reduced land has the proposal of a building that aims to fulfill the functionality, bringing the possibility to adapt to the uses and needs of the user. It is composed of five overlapping floors that occupy the terrain in order to provide a larger quantity of ventilated and illuminated façades related to the surroundings. Under pilotis, the first floor is free and partially open to absorb different functions. The two subsequent floors are similar to each other and differ in their relationship with the surroundings, resulting in different façade solutions: sometimes inviting the observer to contemplate the wide horizon, sometimes directing him to the free view of the street corner.
Zapiola 301 is a ten-unit apartment building located in the Colegiales neighborhood, of Buenos Aires. The project is implanted on a lot with access through Zapiola street, bordering Plaza de Los Colegiales, which is part of a large system of parks, squares, and infrastructure between the streets Matienzo, Cramer, Álvarez Thomas, and Dorrego. This great urban void works as a buffer between the neighborhoods of Palermo, Colegiales, Belgrano, and Chacarita.
A Vecindad, a traditional housing typology with simple row houses facing a linear patio in Mexico City, is re-interpreted as a new apartment building for young families. The program is implemented in a typical narrow but deep plot in the Santa María La Ribera neighbourhood, just a few blocks away from the famous Moorish Pavilion. As a new impulse to its immediate vicinity the housing development contributes like a catalyst to the regeneration of the currently otherwise undervalued barrio.
It is located in the city of Viña del Mar, Chile. The 7 Sisters housing complex stands out among the urban landscape of Viña del Mar for its architectural qualities, colors, materials, and magnitude. When you look up, you can see between the leafy ravine that overlooks the Quinta Vergara urban park, the group of buildings located in the Forestal sector, which take over the slope and the plateau of the hill, crowning itself as one of the most important works of modern architecture in the region of Valparaíso.
The Sebastopol 3262 building is intended for housing and is located in a low-density neighborhood. The sector is characterized by being a quiet area, with abundant vegetation and easy access to the main avenues. Considering these factors, it was sought that this project responded with an open plan towards the environment. The main intention is that the facade establishes a link between the public and the private spaces.
Many cities in the world have accommodated twin towers with different functions themselves. Considering the skyline, these twin towers generally have a typical shape, presenting two tall buildings adjacent to each other with some discrepancies in façade design. Moreover, despite the variety in the form and shape of the towers, the common specifications of most of them had been inducing a sense of massive and inhuman scale to a viewer in front of the surrounding urban space. In the Mika Residential Towers Project, the designers try to focus on changing this pattern and creating a new type of twin structure for residential use.
The treatment of the facade constitutes a triumph of architectural prowess, drawing inspiration from automotive and aeronautic design aesthetics. The contours of the facade create an infinite textural multiplicity of volumes in which aerodynamics and passive climatic cooling dictate form. The volumetric multiplicity of the facade forms the terraces for the residential units within the development; each providing refuge from direct solar infiltration. The X-storey development is comprised of a ground level, X podiums of parking, and a public amenity floor for the residents capping the podium levels. The residential floors sit above the podium levels on a subtly curved floor plate with a clear datum derived from the site’s curved boundary. Iconicity is placed at the forefront of the project’s design intent and is seen through the facade contours and bold hue pallet used for the finishing of the facade. This design strategy was part of the client’s brief, which entailed a perpetuation of the brand architectural language established by the property developer across their existing portfolio of developments.