Floor Plan of the 10m apartment in downtown So Paulo. Image via Raquel Rolnik's blog.
The launch of a building in downtown So Paulo - Brazilwas the talk of the townduetoits surprisingapartment sizes of only 10 square meters. This raised the debate about the market trend to produce ever smaller properties and the ability of these properties to meet the needs of its residents.There is no doubt that, this type of real estate is related to newest trends of family compositions. It is increasingly common for residences to be occupied by only one person, or at most two. According to data from the SEADE Foundation for 2010, in the State of So Paulo, almost 40% of households have these characteristic, 13% of which is made up of a single resident.Therefore, apartment buildings as small as the one that has just been released are not targeted to large families, but couples without children, emancipated young people, divorced people, or even the elderly in an increasingly aging population.What is the minimum necessary space before compromising quality of life?This is certainly an old discussion. It was first launched by modernist architects and urban planners in the early twentieth century, gaining special importance in the interwar period. In 1929, during the second Internacional Congress of Modern Architecture (ICMA), one of the main meetings of the modernist movement that took place in Frankfurt, the central theme was precisely this and the great architects of the time, as Walter Gropius, Le Corbusier, and others, presented their thesis.At that moment, however, it was not to discuss what should be the minimum length of the housing, but what were the basic needs of living, and it went beyond the scope of the houses and apartments itself to encompass the whole city.It was from these discussions that the understanding about the need for public green areas, leisure areas, day care for children and collective laundries that allowed women to be especially liberated from domestic activities consolidated. There was also the understanding that the State had a duty to provide such conditions to the population by offering their equipment and services publicly and free of charge to the population.
Considering the context of a large deficit of housing due to war, for modernist architects this discussion of minimum housing was also related to the utopia of guaranteeing affordable housing for all. They argued that it would be possible to produce housing in series at a very low cost, thanks to the industrialization of construction.Our housing needs in the current context of the city of So Paulo are also quite complex. But these real estate products of 10 square meters, sold for almost 100 thousand reais (roughly 32,000 USD), are far from that modernist utopia. Although the building has a series of equipment of collective use, such as kitchen, laundry, and area to receive visitors, equipment forresidents exclusive use, certainly it will also imply high costs of the condominium. In addition, at a cost of almost 10.000 reais per square meter, one of the largest in the city, these apartments in Vila Buarque - So Paulo will not be at all affordable for most of the population. In this context, this launch seems to be much more related to the open possibilities of, drastically reducing useful areas, to provide significant increases in the profit margins of the developer.Originally published onRaquel Rolnik'sblog on August 21, 2017.
[*] Team: Manuel Bernal, Guadalupe Palma, Mauricio Morales, Hein Yap, Alfonso Malagn, Jonathan lvarez, Alejandro Salinas, Ignacio Santos, Felipe Lazcano
[*] Collaborator: sb urbana; Carlos posadas, Claudio Castan
Omar Chavez Godoy
From the architect. Located on the outskirts of Mexico City, San Jos Insurgentes, Capuchinas 34 is a housing project of 6 levels, in which the building is resolved in a rectangular asymmetric volume of moderate height that distributes 4 apartments, 1 Pent-House and 2 Roof Gardens.
Omar Chavez Godoy
Omar Chavez Godoy
The solution of the architectural program unifies 3 bedrooms with bathroom and dressing room each, living room, dining room, TV room, kitchen, laundry room in spaces between 154.45 m2 and 221.51 m2. The idea of designing a "underground" parking lot without generating large volumes of digging forced the main access to rise 1.40 m in relation to the level of the sidewalk by means of a staircase, which leads to a wide lobby in which the combination of wood, glass and stone materials in gray and white tones are present. Following this diagram, the first department was linked to the access plant causing that the house was reduced in its social area nevertheless it was managed to compensate through the creation of a discovered deck in the back of the land and an inner courtyard in The heart of the building.
From the 2nd level onwards and the following, the structural and functional scheme allowed the generation of loose spaces that integrate the public area with a terrace and which, through planters as aesthetic elements, manage to contain the area and, in turn, create a relationship between the nature of the context and the essence of the project. The palette of materials that conforms the aesthetics of the building responds to the integration of 3 elements: vegetation, light and transparency, this way predominates the use of apparent concretes, steel and aluminum cancellation with glass, generating a facade with moving away of the uniformity that usually means a residential building.
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