Torres Arquitetos + Sabrina Barros Arquitetura: Winner of Architect of the Year Awards 2020. The residential building located in Torres, on the coast of the state of Rio Grande do Sul, consists of a single, compact and linear prismatic volume of only three floors slightly elevated in relation to the ground seeking to explore the dialogue between private and urban life.
The twenty residential units have different typologies: apartments with one, two or three rooms, some of them are duplex, and each one has different characteristics and sizes, creating an interesting variety within the same volume. The building is inserted in a consolidated urban site, respecting the scale of the neighborhood, whose predominant characteristics are buildings with two and three floors intended for housing. Besides, it was important to create an identity for it, resulting in a solid, responsive to its internal differentiations and welcoming building. The facade facing the street confers a unique and distinct character to the building overlapping the volume with a modular grid that divides the facade into rectangular compartments of various dimensions that minimizes the perception of the height of the building, emphasizing the horizontality of the volume. This compositional solution provides a perception of the building as if it were in a state of constant transformation, for, depending on the position of the observer as well as the light shaping the volume with the shadows, all this is reinforced both in the sense of individualization as of privacy. In addition to softening the incidence of heat and preserve the internal comfort of the units without sacrificing the visuals the units are framed by walls and slabs giving this rhythm to the facade. Also as protagonist, due to the excellent visuals that it makes possible, the roof has a landscape of native species that require the minimum of irrigation and brings the coastal environment closer to the user. The building structural grid allows the use of conventional reinforced concrete structures and prefabricated slabs, which make construction quicker and less expensive. Masonry, apparent concrete, glass and aluminiun brises create the diversity of materials for a composition of traditional and contemporary technologies.
Firm || Torres Arquitetos + Sabrina Barros Arquitetura
Project Name || Le Dune
Architect || Alberto Torres and Carolina Torres
Architect of the Year Award Category || Housing Built
Project Location || Torres
Team || Alberto Torres + Audrey Bello Ramos + Sabrina Barros
Country || Brazil
Photography ©Credit || ©Harleyson Almeida