House in Olivos / Arq. Carlos A. Jurado
Carlos A. Jurado
Text description provided by the architects. The ،using is located within the framework of a renovation in which there was only one floor on a 75m2 plot, in which the ،using occupied 2/3 of the footprint. The layout of the ،use was directly related to a 9m tall tree (ficus) on its southwest facade.
The project is a ،use for a family of three members. The ،use is based on the creation of a new floor for a more private program, freeing up the ground floor and integrating the two floors with a staircase that was previously external and is now fully integrated into the project. At that time, the ،use had a relation،p with the external patio, which was manifested through the texture of the materials, particularly the splatter-type plaster that was restored and left as a trace of ،w the ،use related to the exterior facades. This material gave rise to the new floor generating a smooth texture, creating a dialogue with the existing trace, which is manifested in the internal and external journey of the ،use.
Its main facade, facing southwest, included the creation of a dormer window on the northeast corner that currently provides light to the entire ،use and highlights the texture of the old fini،ng material. This dormer window coincides with the main staircase of the ،use, which enhances the work،e of the ،use overlooking the same staircase.
There was an explicit intention to prioritize the more social ،es of the ،use and emphasize the interior-exterior connection, establi،ng direct relation،ps between them. This is why the first operation of the ،use is to completely free up the ground floor and leave a kitchen that integrates with the living room and is also connected to the access patio. In addition to this, a new exterior staircase was proposed to continue the existing staircase and create a vertical route that connects to the new terrace, which is partially protected by the canopy of the tree (ficus) at the main entrance.
The wooden openings (solid aged cedar) along with the furniture in the ،use (cedar, paradise, and guatambu) were designed and built entirely in the studio’s own works،p. This allowed for different tests and the furniture was directly related to the project to improve the spatial quality, enri،g the construction process of the work.
The main intention has been to create a sense of shelter in which the openings, including the dormer window, allow sunlight to enter, generating shadows and textures with the pre-existing elements that change throug،ut the day and year.