An Apartment Conversion in Buenos Aires 29.03.10

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The rooftop tent controls the climate of the extensions (image: Cristobal Palma)

"We worked with a certain degree of ambiguity," says Adamo Faiden's Marcelo Faiden, describing the Argentinian practice's recent apartment conversion in Buenos Aires, Casa Nuñez.

From the street the project announces itself as a wraith-like tent structure stretched between adjacent walls, but this is just one part of a complex negotiation with existing buildings.

The rooms of the original apartment were reconfigured, a rooftop extension was added and a swimming pool was created in what was previously a water tank, with the tent working to control the climate of the roof spaces. Regarding this synthesis of elements, Faiden says: "We understood that in the complexity of the context lay an opportunity ... We believe the project must be able to merge all of these forces until they acquire a new meaning."

The lightness of the building is an intelligent response to its disparate context, and relates to other projects by Adamo Faiden: the studio is expert at inserting residential buildings into tight urban contexts, and its recent Casas MuReRe project proposed a series of roof extensions across Buenos Aires as an alternative to comprehensive redevelopment. But rather than making "parasite" additions to buildings, the practice wants to create a new whole in order to "develop a contract between the new and the existent, based on mutual interests", says Faiden.

 

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Douglas Murphy

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From the street the project announces itself as a wraith-like tent structure stretched between adjacent walls, but this is just one part of a complex negotiation with existing buildings

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