Brick House – Ventura Virzi Arquitectos

architects_ Ventura Virzi Arquitectos
collaborators_Maximiliano Atanasoff + Juan Marcos Lagomarsino + Mario Rabinovich + Lucía Rodríguez + Joaquín Rodriguez Althoff
site area_ 90m2
building site_ Bueno Aires
project end_ 2011
photography _Jonathan Cáceres + Guillermo Romero

Kenneth Frampton considers Tectonics not only as a “mere disclosure of the construction technique, but, rather, its expressive potential. Tectonics acquires a truly artistic character to the extent that it amounts to a poetics of construction… The inevitable ground nature of a building has a character so tectonic and tactile as scenic and visual, although none of these attributes denies its spatiality. “

In Brick House, we have understood construction as a structure of thought that involves matter, and is able to address the issues inherent in architectural space, deepening on the logic and coherence of the design process. The objectification of the thought process and its construction determined the different sensations and qualities of the spaces. Within this operational logic, we worked on architectural structure that manifested as the order with the possibility to generate architectural space. It is about a conceptualization is tectonic terms, involving both the problem of the relationship between weights, stresses, and materials, as well as the shapes and human requirements.
These tectonic structures also included sensory, psychological, and phenomenological experiences, and their effects on emotions, behaviors, representations, symbolic configurations and meanings.

The construction of the house was developed from the choice of brick, along with steel and concrete, as the material approach to the problem of tectonics. The “use” of the house was understood as a program resulting from the actions of domestic nature such as: being, convey, observe, relax, cook, eat, sleep, etc …
We developed the interaction of these uses as an experiment where spatial construction was the ultimate end to establish new configurations (also spatial) capable of being built in a single-family house of 90m2, and a site area of 75 m2.
We have developed a plan that generates cross ventilation in all areas, allowing the prevailing winds from the north to facilitate a decrease in temperature and humidity in the summer, improving comfort conditions, and reducing the energy demand. We have also adopted traditional building materials in Argentina that have good thermal insulation, including glazed panels with aluminum frames and double glazing.

We have also adopted a wall system to protect from the sun, built out of ceramic bricks and designed according to the terms of Wladimiro Acosta, that consist of a set of slab and studs as a solar protection frame in front of the building,regulating sunlight and creating a shadow enclosure during summer, creating an wind effect on the walls of the building that Acosta denominates Thermal Aura.