Excerpt: Casa Rampa is a residential architectural project designed by Estudio PKa in Buenos Aires, Argentina. It has an introverted relationship towards the street and through different internal patios we constantly recirculate the air.
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Located in a natural context, it is implanted and coexists with the environment which, through different operations, we try to communicate seamlessly with the interior. It has an introverted relationship towards the street and through different internal patios we constantly recirculate the air. We think of the entire work as a space that is emptied with different operations to give direct communication with the outside world.
The structural constitution of the house is based on noble materials, but, first of all, it was decided to work with an independent structure system with concrete slabs and masonry. Inside the voids, we work with porous, permeable materials that allow light to enter. The idea was to filter and shade the western sun to generate different light and shadow effects. The openings, Aluminum, don DVH, and Thermal Bridge Rupture to avoid condensation. The floors are all concrete, aligned with the house style, monochrome and noble. We punctually study the link with the exterior because it was a fundamental piece to implant the house. The environment caused the house to be deconstructed. We started from a pure massif and, based on the orientation, it penetrated, generating voids in direct relation to the exterior. The relationship with the outside is one of the most important questions. We study the way to link ourselves directly with the environment, generating foci and light collectors in both spatial, horizontal and zenith directions.
We always work with a route system, in which, as one advances, one discovers different situations. Entering from the ramp, as one advances one discovers different situations all in direct relation to the outside. One can decide to enter the house or continue linking with the environment through patios or heading towards the rear limit of the facade where, from a balcony, we get a panoramic view of the lagoon.
We did a typological study and we understood that the best way to relate to the environment in an intelligent way was by approaching the exterior, bringing it inside the house and at the same time generating different filters that would also help us find some privacy that would make the house introverted regarding certain specific situations. We always prioritize orientation, for efficient energy use in winter and summer, flexibility of environments, fusion with the exterior and also the use of regional and noble materials, together with simple and synthetic details.