Project description by jury
The design proposes a compact construction that answers the demand of housing in urban areas where one of the main problems is scarcity and the high cost of land. The authors’ solution to promote urban density is a small modular system that adapts to multiple users and requirements, fits different urban morphologies and is potentially scalable from the first stage of 64m2 to fourth stage of 128m2. The internal layout voluntarily relinquishes a strong spatial hierarchy, allowing for a high degree of flexibility.
The final configuration of the building is also the result of environmental design strategies that complement the infill design operation: green roof, improved thermal comfort solutions, solar panels and rainwater harvesting systems are used to minimize energy consumption while the almost exclusive use of wood makes the construction footprint quite low. One of the challenges of sustainable urban design to minimize the impact of construction activities on land is the densification of urban areas. The jury enthusiastically endorsed the authors’ proposal to contribute to the consolidation and regeneration of the city center of Cordoba through the efficient use of small, un-built parcels of land, that is often a difficult task, particularly in Latin America.
Although the “infill” strategy for city growth is not a novelty per se, the Holcim Awards jury Latin America was very much convinced by the sustainable features the project claims which make this design operation quite revolutionary for Argentina. The bioclimatic strategies used in the building are skillfully contemplated and the use of wood was considered audacious but attractive. The flexible and clever internal layout makes the prototype able to adapt to different life dynamics and was considered as an additional strong point. All in all, the jury unanimously acknowledged the project’s ability to offer, especially to families, an appealing new opportunity to repopulate the city.See more
As a Main category prize winner in the regional Holcim Awards 2020, Housing Infill in Argentina automatically qualified as a finalist in the Global Holcim Awards 2021.
Housing is lacking and land is expensive in most cities. This project in Cordoba addresses this problem through compact construction. Featuring a flexible design that allows change and adaptation, the proposal strives for sustainable urban densification. The design aims to consolidate and regenerate the urban fabric, achieve appropriate urban density, and take advantage of proximity to urban centers. “Adequate urban housing prototypes are a key to sustainable urban development because every building contributes to the design of the city,” says architect Tomás Quaglia from Córdoba, Argentina. The jury was thoroughly convinced by the sustainable features of the project, which make the design quite revolutionary for Argentina. The bioclimatic strategies used in the building are skillfully implemented and the use of wood is considered audacious but attractive.Read more » Más información (Spanish) »
To achieve a sustainable urban development it is necessary to promote a dense and compact urban fabric. The main problem for the development of single-family homes is the scarcity and high cost of land. Therefore, it is essential to reduce land use through compact constructions. The proposal is committed to the consolidation and regeneration of the existing urban fabric, achieving more appropriate urban density.
This way, it takes advantage of the proximity to urban centers with its opportunities, achieving a better quality of life.
Our proposal is a prototype systematized in modules, with the possibility of internal growth. This means, it understands the need for growth by providing the structural module to contain it. The layout allows a high degree of adaptability and occupies a small area, enabling both its capacity to adapt to different lots and its wide range of possible units. A housing proposal is presented, but it is actually a reflection about a modular system that allows the development of economic housing with spatial and material quality, contributing to sustainable urban development.
The module of 3.90m has a perimeter of services, releasing a continuous space towards the interior. That way, the facade becomes “thick'' and acts as a functional and climatic filter between interior space and the city. The different spaces do not have a strong spatial hierarchy; they become an open and flexible system that allows continuity and freedom of use. In this way the project understands the variable nature of the required program: families change, grow and add new members, and have new spatial needs.See more
A design for flexible housing to increase density and regenerate urban centers.
Author comment by Tomas Quaglia Martinez, Architect in Cordoba, Argentina on Housing Infill in Argentina – Regenerative …
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