In front of Parque Saavedra: Two railway townhouses transformed into a current home in just 8 months
“I really wanted to build my own house,” he says. Veronica Gilotaux, architect of Mixing Studio, designer, lighting designer and director of the home that she shares with her husband, Bruno, and her daughter, Olivia. It was time, then, apply its vast experience in recycling.
To make the most of the view of the park and the north orientation, Veronica analyzed facades, eaves, windows and slopes to verify their behavior in each month and time together with the architect Nicholas Neira, part of the Mix Studio team, of which she is a partner with Maria Carew and Eugenia Garcia Castera. Regarding the application of sustainable ideas, insulation and renewable energies, it was advised by the architect Daniel Kozak. A passionate analysis interdisciplinary and thorough for family life in a smart home.
“Wladimiro Acosta inspires me, for his bioclimatic architecture; the Nordic style of Alvar Aalto; Richard Neutra and the Californian architecture of Frank Lloyd Wright, as well as Japanese integrated spaces”.
“To respect the original railway style, I used metal profiles as reinforcements, both in the I-beams and in the columns. And I chose white so that they blend in with the walls.”
The upper floor was made from scratch, with what went from 100 to 220m2. The social area is removed from the street through the terrace balcony. At sector del living, armchair upholstered in gabardine (Ikea), rug (Mihran) and carved wood seat by the sculptor Jorge Michel.
“I was attracted to plan the social area on the upper floor to take advantage of the view and gain ventilation and sunlight.”
Arq. Verónica Gilotaux, in charge of the reform and owner of the house
“The railway origin of the building, from the 40s, inclined me towards dry construction, which also accelerated construction times: we solved it in eight and a half months”.
in the dining room, table and chairs ‘Tulip’, Hanging lamp de acrílico opalino ‘Venice’ (Studio Luce). Los floors son prefinished light oak. For security, the salamandra ‘Firepoint’ (Bosca) rests on a square of porcelain tile that was used in the kitchen. The mezzanine -which overlooks the integrated environment- is a flexible space that functions as a desk, a play area and a guest room. at your height, Photography by Margaret Wilson-Rae.
“We wanted an open kitchen that was attractive and used. Being deep, it has multiple instances: you don’t see everything from everywhere.”
Through the green roof you reach the grill sector designed for maximum comfort of Bruno, great grill. Has grill isolated from the party wall with rock wool, and it was hung so as not to load so much weight on the deck.
“Within the city, Saavedra has always been a great favorite: it has green spaces with a lot of life and an important shopping center; it is growing, but it keeps its neighborhood identity”.
The garden on the ground floor and the terrace create a lung: the windows –some in PVC and DVH from Rehau, others in recycled cedar– allow for cross ventilation.
The following, is the only environment located according to the original distribution of the house. It has a bed with built-in storage space, designed by the owner of the house. The headboard wall, in a peach tone (Sherwin Williams).
.in the main bathroom, ‘Basalt Bianco’ porcelain floor from San Lorenzo; the side of the bathtub, with bottle green cladding (Portinari).
A solar collector system preheats the water and another rainwater collection system is used to discharge the toilets and for irrigation.