LAB5 architects Trendo11
The design area is on the border of different urban zones, and the building is visible from many points of the city.
There are 15-stories residential towers standing on the North side of the plot, lower 3-4 stories houses on the South side, and a wide open area above the metro-depot that occupies the space on the West side.
The aim of the design is to interact with these differences of scales by creating a transition between them, so this way the proposed building can show a face adequate to the neighbours towards each direction.
The roof is articulated as large steps in the volume making the entire surface of the building useful. It provides area for big terraces, while the rest of the roof can be covered by greenery, to be maintained by the condominium.
The biggest challenge was to design an efficient and logical layout that exploits the unusual attributes of the land. The irregular “diamond” shape of the plot inspired us to create a sculptural volume that is following the turning path of the way of the sun.
The strong pattern of the white concrete balconies and semi-translucent glass balustrades cast an exciting shadow play on the always bright plastered surfaces of the façade.
The horizontal and vertical circulation of the entire building is organised around the triangular courtyard whose boundaries are different every floor level. We created an inner garden in the centre of the composition.