"Sucucho: derogatory colloquial male name Small, dirty, precarious, poorly lit and poorly ventilated room."
We call it Sucucho, and it is our home-studio. Sucucho is an ironic way of referring to what we look for when we devise it. The initial objective was precisely that, to design and execute a dwelling-sucucho, understood as a small space in which to solve house and work space. The irony is that, if a succucho refers to something precarious, poorly lit, poorly ventilated, our imperative was, from the beginning, to achieve precisely the opposite, but in turn to achieve this in a small space that would allow us to be able to afford it economically in the contextual conditions that we needed and wanted: a house in a lot of Rosario, discarding the prospect of migrating to the metropolitan area, of rural-urban transition, so resorted in recent years as a way to acquire lots at accessible costs.
From there, we solve this house in an urban lot of 4x4m, traveling a swinging line between desire / ideal / concrete resources.
Between the operations on the continuous weft of bricks in their different opacity conditions, and the subtraction operations on the volumetric mass, there is a search oriented to configure the spaces as a pause, an intermediate point, in the transition between the tangible material and the intangible material. The planes of light are edge, or the opacity of the continuous brick frame are edge, or a transition between one and another situation are edge. The perception of the spaces at eye level are relativized with the divergence of heights, contrasts, oppositions.
The inner-outer limits blur, the dimensions too. Absolute values are relativized. It is not about the dimensions but about the proportions, it is not so much about the light as an absolute presence as about its appearance in different filter conditions, of the reflections and of their thousands of shadow games.
In a programmatic way, but in the same line, it is not a about of the substantive quality of the rooms of the dwelling, as of the actions that enable: there is no kitchen, there is the action of cooking; there is no local office, there is the action of working; there is no living room, there is the action of sitting comfortable and meeting; there is no local patio, there is the action of going outside and sunbathing.
In this there is a relativization and divergence between what each space is objectively, a reduced footprint of 4 × 4m, and what results subjectively, living spaces. We question how far the qualities of light, visual, spatial eloquence, optimization of equipment and furniture, can enrich not only the perception but also the use of spaces that in other subjective conditions, but equally objective, would be much less desirable for Stay, to live.
Between one reflection and another, succucho means an ever present experimentation. Elapsed and elapses as a round trip between what we believe - ideally - and what we can - specifically, in an always constant interpellation to our positions and ideals against what we understand we should be and do as architects, against the role of housing today and facing the question about what is the ideal of contemporary city today.