A Red Spot in Buenos Aires' Grey Roofs: Container Room by FPS


Photos: FPS Architecture.

In order to enlarge a small house owned by a textile designer with a minimum use of energy and materials waste, architects Francisco Fenili, Jorge Perez Gonzlaez and Julio David Sepiurka decided to place a metal container in the roof. Apart from the speed of the resolution and minimum impact of the work, they gave life to the awful landscape of grey concrete in the city.

More pics and info in the extended.This small house in San Telmo neighborhood, Buenos Aiers, is owned by textile designer Rosa Skific, who has both her home and studio in there.

The artist wanted to generate a new space to place a workshop, but her home was not big enough to hold it. So she turned to FPS Architecture studio, who decided the only way to do it with a low budget was to go up, and came up with the idea to place a prefabricated metal container in the roof, connecting it with a stair.

Apart from practicality, there was an environmental conscience behind the decision: "One of the main impacts of architecture in the environment is the use of energy during construction, which grows when the design changes during the building period, delaying work and generating waste," say the architects. "We decided to investigate ways of construction that were fast and very simple, with a totally recyclable material like metal and a high specificity of design, which allows the optimization of energy use during construction (using standard measures for the pieces and cold-assembly)."

The resolution was the metallic volume, built in pieces and assembled once in the house. "Apart from saving land using roof space, we created a formal contrast with the existent brick-architecture. The volume clearly differentiates from the rest of the ancient buildings in San Telmo not only for its material, but also for its color. We thought about color and synthesis in a context grey and chaotic."

Energy savings, simplicity and a neat look, what more can you ask?


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Via Noticias de Arquitectura, Arqa
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