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BHY arquitectos completes Martinez House in Argentina

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BHY arquitectos completes Martinez House in Argentina

Buenos Aires-based architecture studio BHY arquitectos has completed an elongated residence in Martinez, Argentina

Named Martinez House, the project consists on the refurbishment and extension of a “Casa Chorizo”, a traditional housing typology that arose in Buenos Aires in the late 20th century, representative of the urban middle class and the immigration waves of the time. 

This typology is characterised by a succession of consecutive rooms along a longitudinal patio that functions as the unifying nucleus of the house.

BHY arquitectos completes Martinez House in Argentina

The intervention proposes three main operations: the adaptation of the existing structure of the ground floor to accommodate the social area, the construction of a new level on the old terrace to house the private program, and the revalorisation of the lateral courtyard as a protagonist space structured by a large lightweight enveloppe which helps stabilise the upper floor.

BHY arquitectos completes Martinez House in Argentina

The patio offers a transition zone between the inside and outside, buffering the conditions between both spaces. 

The generous height of this volume framed by a series of regular ribs, ensures a monumental scale of the space while providing a sense of shelter and safety. 

BHY arquitectos completes Martinez House in Argentina

Besides structuring the expansion of the upper floor, this envelope supports the incipient invasion of its own and neighbouring vegetation, allowing for the creation of a new landscape which fosters the freedom and imagination of various uses for its occupants.

BHY arquitectos completes Martinez House in Argentina

The deciduous vegetation that climbs over the envelope allows for optimal sun exposure during winter and offers shadows on the patio during summer, maximising the use of this space throughout the year. 

At the same time, the linear garden adjacent to the party wall helps to reduce the high summer temperatures through evaporative cooling and to purify the fresh air for a healthy ventilation of the house. 

BHY arquitectos completes Martinez House in Argentina

The exposed concrete floor both in the inside and outside areas, in addition to the thick preexisting walls of the lateral facade, offer the potential of thermal mass which further helps regulate the temperatures in a passive manner.

BHY arquitectos completes Martinez House in Argentina

BHY arquitectos completes Martinez House in Argentina

BHY arquitectos completes Martinez House in Argentina

BHY arquitectos completes Martinez House in Argentina

BHY arquitectos completes Martinez House in Argentina

BHY arquitectos completes Martinez House in Argentina

BHY arquitectos completes Martinez House in Argentina

BHY arquitectos completes Martinez House in Argentina

BHY arquitectos completes Martinez House in Argentina

BHY arquitectos completes Martinez House in Argentina

BHY arquitectos completes Martinez House in Argentina

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BHY arquitectos completes Martinez House in Argentina

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BHY arquitectos completes Martinez House in Argentina

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BHY arquitectos completes Martinez House in Argentina

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BHY arquitectos completes Martinez House in Argentina

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Project name: Martinez House

Architects: BHY arquitectos

Location: Martinez, Argentina. 

Date: 2020

Project Team: Javier Bracamonte, Julia Hajnal, Gonzalo Yerba

All images © Javier Agustín Rojas

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