Eloisa Iturbe Studio

Eloisa Iturbe Studio

POP-ARQ / Max Zolkwer
Colegiales Neigborhood, Argentina | View Map
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Albano García

Eloisa Iturbe Studio

POP-ARQ / Max Zolkwer as Architects

Pop-Arq is an Argentinean branch of Supersudaca. At Supersudaca, and most of all with the Chilean architect Juan Pablo Corvalán, we developed the ‘mueblenstein’ concept, a mixturebetween furniture and Frankenstein. Those are objects that resolve several problems at a time byadding functions. In reduced or complex spaces, sometimes a single object can solve the wholearchitectural demand and linking functions not related.In Eloisa Iturbe Studio’s loft, complex space and complex program were added. The loft is in therear part of the building, it has 2 levels, ground floor and a basement, both connected to patios. Thesublevel court is inside of the bigger courtyard. The inner spaces are deep and narrow with onlyone side illuminated.All those characteristics were solved with mini projects within the bigger one. Some of them real“mueblensteins”.

1. Reversibility Both levels had to be interchangeable. That’s why each has its entrance, 2/8 workplaces, bath andkitchenette. This allows both areas (production and management) to be in any of the spaces.

2. House To divide the two levels we made a “Little house” of aluminum and 4+4 glass that generatesacoustic insulation to both areas. It even allows that they work separated as different offices. It'stransparent, so you can see trough it.

3. LAMP-WALL The “deep space problem” was solved with lamp-walls, that divide the space and also generatesillumination to both sides. The main space has light from both ends. One side by daylight and theother by artificial light.

4. Library It’s low and goes side to side using the deepness of the space.

5. Beam-Table The basement floor is narrower than the ground floor and it has two central columns. After trying outseveral layouts, we set the 8 workplaces in a 6 meters table which is supported by the columns,which supplies electricity and connectivity.

6. Round windows – facade The ground floor and the basement are laterally displaced. They are also displaced in respect to thepatios. That’s why on the rear facade of the building you cannot perceive the division between thedifferent offices. Besides the facade is traversed by a concrete structure with shoring that leavesfew free spaces to open windows.To bring more daylight in the basement floor we decided to make perforations in every free space ofstructure, with rounded windows, giving a submarine climate to the basement.

7. Cement gardens In an urban context, as Buenos Aires, with more than 13 million inhabitants and a big density,arises the need of create green spaces with no land, or “cement gardens”. We have been workingwith this concept in several projects where we have to make a garden from a patio. In this case the“cement garden” and the “mueblenstein” were mixed to make a stair/garden that connects the bigpatio with de basement level patio.

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