Sierra Ballena I / AFRa
ArchDaily Architects: AFRa Year Completion year of this architecture project Housing “COPY” Year: Sierra Ballena I / AFRaSave this projectSaveSierra Ballena I / AFRa Photographs: Federico KulekdjianCollaborators:Diego Gomez, Francisco Facio, Lucia ChuburuStructures:Magnone Pollio ingenieros civilesConstruction:Constructora FeltomProject Architects:Pablo Héctor Ferreiro, Saturnino Armendares, Joaquín Ignacio Leunda, Andrés Gomez Muñoz, Roberto Félix DufrechouCity:Punta BallenaCountry:UruguayMore SpecsLess SpecsSave this picture!© Federico KulekdjianRecommended ProductsWoodHESS TIMBERTimber – GLT HybridEnclosures / Double Skin FacadesAlucoilStructural Honeycomb Panels – LarcoreLouvers / ShuttersLunawoodThermowood BattensMetallicsSculptformClick-on Battens in Ivanhoe ApartmentsText description provided by the architects. The projects we are developing in this area, the last spur of the Brazilian massif before plunging into the sea, represent one of these challenges, regarding surplus capital and its impact on the territory.Our region is going through one of those times of cyclical boom, and that’s where architecture should assume in the best possible way, these operations generating income that urbanize the territory. The site is a place of extreme beauty, in the oceanic dimension of Maldonado Bay, and its condition as a cliff is deeply within the collective memory.Save this picture!© Federico KulekdjianBuilding there meant a challenge in terms of choosing the design strategies that somehow would assume altering this condition, producing an operation to honor such pre-existence.Save this picture!Ground Floor PlanThe project had two ideas shown in this presentation;Firstly, the code regulating construction in the cliff, is the same that regulates construction on the sea front, which we understood was wrong: strategies to avoid creating a continuous seafront between the urban fabric and the sea was not recommended here, given that the urban fabric, unlike in the previous case, is between the public street and the sea, and using the same strategies could lead to blocking the wonderful view, a public heritage.Save this picture!© Federico KulekdjianGoing behind the legitimacy of the site made us question the lawfulness of the code, risking investors when asking for a change in the rules not to maximize indicators but to go after the best conditions for construction in the site which we understood as less harmful.Once we obtained this new condition, the decisions of the building project should reveal the size and condition of the site, in this idea of nature, geography, or place, in its deepest sense, as the first architecture.Save this picture!© Federico KulekdjianThe system of dwellings was intended as the creation of spaces in the logic of the cliff, between rock soil and a tectonic ceiling that retrieves the pre-existing vegetal condition.Save this picture!Cross SectionAny decision of scale in the project should prioritize the elements suggested by the landscape at the possibility of highlighting references to the human scale: the proportions of the elements come from that dimension, and a door or window are material rhythm alterations of that scale beyond letting people or light through.The materiality of the building seeks to reuse the material removed in the project, resignifying the support cliff rock, and recreating in ceilings and limits the vegetation that naturally takes the property, used to living with little water and high winds. Winds which in their regularity, are taken by the project in its courtyards, which can generate cross ventilation and shelter.Save this picture!© Federico KulekdjianContrary to the rules of the real estate market, it seems valuable to have achieved a building that is not easily recognizable. Even assuming all the needs of this type of venture, in its cliff environment it is integrated as a reinterpretation of the pre-existing.Save this picture!Unit – Cross SectionThe architecture project seeks to reclaim the classical projective condition that in this place will set references as Bonet and Amato, additionally assuming the new dimension that the time proposes, integrating reason and nature, seeking, as always, for architecture to assume the challenges of its time and place.Project gallerySee allShow lessNational Open Acceses Scholarly Communication and Information Center / Paleko Arch S…Selected ProjectsRenzo Piano’s Columbia University Science Center to Open Next YearIn ProgressProject locationAddress:Punta Ballena, grutas y ruta panorámica, Camino a la Ballena, UruguayLocation to be used only as a reference. It could indicate city/country but not exact address. Share “COPY” ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/611832/sierra-ballena-i-afra Clipboard Photographs Uruguay ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/611832/sierra-ballena-i-afra Clipboard Save this picture!© Federico Kulekdjian+ 26 Share CopyHousing•Punta Ballena, Uruguay CopyAbout this officeAFRaOfficeFollowProductsWoodStoneConcrete#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsResidential ArchitectureHousingPunta BallenaUruguayPublished on March 24, 2015Cite: “Sierra Ballena I / AFRa” [Sierra Ballena I / AFRa] 24 Mar 2015. ArchDaily. Accessed 11 Jun 2021.