Zapiola 301 is a ten unit housing building in Colegiales, Buenos Aires. Located on a plot next to the Plaza de los Colegiales, the project is part of a greater system of parks, squares, infrastructure and facilities between Matienzo, Cramer, Álvarez Thomas and Dorrego streets. This great urban enclave functions as a buffer zone between the neighborhoods of Palermo, Colegiales, Belgrano and Chacarita.
The building recomposes the line of the city fabric of the Colegiales neighborhood along the edge of Matienzo street, mostly made up of medium density housing. The new building opens towards the park system, which gives the opportunity to develop a continuous façade between the plot’s frontline on Zapiola street and the park, in which a large Tipa is located. This imposing tree generates the character and microclimate of both the park and the building's façade.
The facade towards the park, the tree and the site’s border condition are the three main elements that delineated the project. A system of continuous exposed concrete inverted beams delineate the building’s envelope, generating the ledges for both the interiors and the expansions of the units. The glazing enhances this horizontality and the long visual towards the landscape of the parks with the Tipa’s tree top as it’s main character and climatic regulator of the building.
The building provides a set back in its ground floor that hosts pedestrian and vehicular access alongside a plant bed open towards the street. Inside, a series of vertically placed precast concrete beams allow a diffuse flow of air and light that connects the building’s ground floor with the neighboring park.
The units are organized in four levels around the building’s circulation core, with wood-clad hallways and a common staircase open towards a patio located in the noreast party wall. The units are designed according to the same module and structural rhythm, but have different sizes and typological configurations.
In the last level a common terrace regains the visuals towards the park and the city. A metal structure is used to unify the roofs of the front and back duplex units, a space for general services and a wooden pergola.