Critique at University of Virginia
Critique at University of Virginia


This project was developed by Agustina Coulleri as a student from Facultad de Arquitectura, Planeamiento y Diseño. Universidad Nacional de Rosario and was submited to the WAS awards 2017 under the Residential category.

The contemporary city is a dynamic complex system in constant economic transformation, social and space. The street grid constitution of South American cities become of the original foundation is the stage of this transformation, in which clear-cut batches by uses already obsolete today find vacancies and, of course, his structures become unsuitable for the needs of  the society characterized by the big acceleration of change.

The hypothesis of work is based in the relation of the house with the processes of restructuring and revitalization of the city; where the apparition of this element in strategic points of the urban plot consolidated makes possible the reflation of the sector where inserts, completing the built mass and conforming new spaces for the urban habitat. These singular operations act on the city consolidated, constituting punctual infiltrations in the existent fabric, with a big impact so much in the public field as in the private. It claims like this to the house grouped like fundamental object of investigation for the contemporary architecture: the house like basic and universal need, but also like the most important cultural construction of the modern architecture and, especially, paramount element for the transformation of our cities.

The stage of a contemporary house would have to be the reflection of a period where the ways of life as well as the cores and familiar relations find  in constant transformation. The house has been and is the space of familiar exchange by excellence and the one of the social representation of the family. It treats then to create spaces without hierarchy, of similar sizes between himself so that the different persons that integrate the “family” can use them in different circumstances. Giving place to houses in which it was possible to distribute pieces of furniture of more than a way, for example, or have spaces of work with the sufficient independence and integration that demand each type of task.

This multi-family housing it’s just one example of other three complex purpose for this neighborhood that respect the same gold, to gave the possibility to different groups of people to living in the downtown of the city, with gardens and common public space and also private yards.