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Going up Bertrán Street, two years later and 100 metres further up, I found a program with a similar approach, a different geometry (9 x 30m) and the experience of the first intervention.
The result is conditioned by a new way of solving the entrance atrium and its relationship with the street.
The entrance to the building is understood as a journey through a glazed gallery of premises and a tunnel of maple wood forming the lobby to finally emerge at an intermediate level on an interior landscaped courtyard covered by a large skylight. From here, a staircase is developed, the lateral service galleries and walkways that allow access to the six duplex homes from which the roof is recovered for private use. From the same interior patio, you can access the studio on the garden floor, creating a garden and a pergola overlooking the tennis club.
The structure takes on a 3--2-1-2--3 rhythm, which makes it possible to perfectly overcome the problems posed by the external courtyard façades, those of the construction of the houses’ stairs and those of the central courtyard.
The splitting of the ground floor, three metres back from the street, is solved by supporting it from the upper slab, which allows the general open structure to be maintained. Consequently, the retraction of the mezzanine floor plan and the displacement of the lateral porticoes allow the central pillar of the façade to be slender, which allows the binding or curvature to be almost eliminated.
Some details on materials and techniques used are:
-Reticular slabs with concrete bearing structure.
-Appliqués with stone slabs on the street façade.
- Interior façades with Cotegran coating with horizontal joints.
-Interior metal staircase with sections made up of lacquered wood counters and marble slabs.
- South cream marble floors.
-Glazing on the street façade and at the top of the commercial premises with 8mm glass.
-Spotlights for reflection in the entrance atrium.
-The lobby tunnel with maple-applied counters and brass joints on a wooden rib structure.
-Skylight formed by profiles with Plexi-type translucent tables forming a camera.
-Awnings and interior blinds with helios-creen material.
-Black oxidised aluminum closures.
- Pergola-garden in rustic wood treated with copper salts and a pavement made of railway sleepers on a bed of sand.
-Garden consisting of cypress trees and grass, bougainvillea on the south wall and climbing vines on the bottom and north wall as well as an arch of white roses in the pergola on a background of acacias.