'otn' - apartment building in la falda, cordoba, argentina, 2000m2, 2010 - 2011

What factors regulate the presence of buildings within the fabric of the city? Which conditions govern a sort of coloration for this presence?

This building is formed by a solid, regular block suspended on a transparent ground floor that organizes variations of level in accordance to the slope of the terrain. A portion of the property’s front, away from the the corner and the main commercial street, is left free and functions as a small access plaza to the apartments, providing the structure a semi-free standing quality.

A strip of one-bedroom apartments, adaptable to function as either residential or office units, is organized along the main axis of the lot facing west. The dual functionality of these units is achieved by the use of a ‘miesian’ plan, with services in the back and a continuity of free spaces along the front. Two-bedroom units around the corner as well facing the access plaza complete the plan.

The ground floor is dominated by an almost total commercial presence along the two fronts, with a maximum of three shops on the short side of the lot facing the main street, two facing the lateral street, and one last shop facing that street as well as the access plaza, which serves as exterior expansion space. But this layout is not fixed: given the volatility of the real estate market, different shop configurations can be accommodated by a modulated and flexible window design and by an organizational strategy of levels that can vary according to need.