Sunday, 1 June 2014

A Vast Programme in a Small Space

I would like to start by writing telling you I am a 'practical' architect, one that is more concerned with the technicalities of it and not the art, so it is quite difficult for me to speak about something I’ve done without a huge sense of reality.

I haven’t spoken about “how light spills through a window”, or about “a space full of colorful abstraction” for 28 years – since my school days. This kind of speech now sounds to me just like poetry - I respect poetry but it is not my business.

It’s been a long time since I realized my work involves more than  just putting together concrete, steel, wood or bricks in a reasonable way to get a building that people can use properly.

I propose you to have a look at this project, built in 2008 whose main difficulty came from the complexities and of the density required by the brief the client asked me for: a four storey bulding with 2 flats, 2 offices 1 storeroom and 5 parking spaces, all in a site of only 150 m2.


To understand the development of the project the basic floor plan layout we ought to focus on is the number 1 section in which we can appreciate how well the available space has been used.






Flats and offices are distributed along the staircase on each floor using the same development layout for the “duplex” stairs in the top floor.


The second stair in the flats goes to the roof above the lift, beside next to where the technical space is.

ALFONSO CASCON


I would like to start this writing telling you I am a practical architect, it is quite difficult for me to speak about something I’ve done without a huge sense of reality.

I haven’t spoken about “how light spills through a window”, or about “a space full of colorful abstraction” for 28 years – since my school days. This kind of speech now sounds to me just like poetry, (I respect poetry but it is not my business).

It’s been a long time since I realized my work involves just putting together concrete, steel, wood or bricks in a reasonable way to get a building thar people can use in a proper way.

So, I propose you to have a look at this project, built in 2008 whose main difficulty came from the dense brief the client asked me for, in a site with only 150 m2., a four storey bulding with 2 flats, 2 offices 1 store and 5 parkings.

To understand the development of the project the main plan we’ve to focus on is the number 1 section in which we can appreciate how well the available space.has been used.

Flats and offices are distributed along the staircase in every floor using the same development for the “duplex” stairs in the top floor.

The second stair in the flats goes to the roof above the lift, beside the technical space.

1 comment:

  1. Alfonso, it certainly is a concise description of a dense programme.

    I find sections to be the most helpful diagram as they do explain the spatial hierarchy, the services and circulation solutions. Of course, to non-architects they are not so clear.

    The interior perspectives are also extremenly helpful and almost act like an exploded axonometric. They could have benefitted from being labeled.

    If this was your first try at writing in English in 28 years, well done, it is a very clear description. Martin

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