This small medical facility and office space is located in small town in the North of the Santa Fe province, Argentina. There were two basic conditions we understood from the beginning. In this particular region, there is an extremelywet and hot weather condition, 110 F and on the other hand, it is extremely difficult to find good labor besides the basic brick craft workers.
The site is located in a corner close to the center of the town. Building floor area allowed for 50% occupancy, which triggered a “cloister” kind party strategy of two perpendicular bars, one containing the medical facility and the other one holding the office space. This allowed the composition of a social space, the ‘patio” facing the main orientation [North] connected to the corner street by the building promenade, triggering an accidental social integration between public and private space. We proposed to build the whole building made out of brick and through out some research we founded a company who just launched a new volcanic stone mix brick whose properties allow for heat absorption.
The building façade is a composition of two layers, one enclosing and filtering through out a scatter pattern and the other one made out of operable glass. The scatter strategy was thought not only as an interaction between interior and exterior but also as a way to “punctuate” the body in a more responsive integration to different programs and their performance. Natural ventilation and different vanishing points were balanced to create a soft articulation in the way in which a repetitive unit [brick] could also perform aesthetically. Facing the patio there is a glass envelope allowing for a more dialectic interaction between interior and exterior. In the end what this building proposed is just to emphasize what is already inherent to the local culture: natural and accidental social integration and interaction.
▽场地平面图 Site Plan
▽构造大样 Construction details
Project name:SMF-TU. Social medical facility
Client:Truck Union Santa Fe, Argentina.
Design and Construction documents: BAarqs
Location: Salta 1533 Rosario. Argentina.
DESIGN TEAM: Guillermo Banchini, Marcos Dana, Bruno Bolognesi, Ezequiel Manasseri
PROJECT LEADERS: Guillermo Banchini, Ezequiel Manasseri
LOCAL ARCHITECT: RaulGonzalez.
BRICK: Ladrillos Silma City Bell, Buenos Aires Argentina
Construction: 2013 - 2015.