Construction in the residence Butantã by Paulo Mendes da Rocha | Santiago Carvajal

Butantã House by Paulo Mendes da Rocha | Photography: Santiago Carvajal. November 2008

The residences Butant ã, they show us in an exemplary way as to slant, of a few constructive fundamental elements since they are columns, girders, slabs and walls, a forceful visual construction is formed, without any accessory or cosmetic external operation to the own conditions of his construction. These constructive elements are conceived as surfaces, and lines, strictly modulated with regard to the structure, without good, in the physical world all the bodies are three-dimensional volumes, with a length, a high place and a certain thickness, the existing proportion between his dimensions, it determines the way of perceiving them, be lines or surfaces.

This way so, the interior partitions of armed mortar of scarcely three centimeters of thickness are perceived as two-dimensional surfaces texturized with the seams of the concrete, the pipelines of copper of 20 millimeters of diameter of the baths, are perceived as satiny lines that bow amanera of a radiator there to warm the towels, in a similar way it happens with the chair paulistano and the railings of the MuBE, an alone line that bows in the space shaping his structure. The girders of the structure of the house conform across planes, where a predominance exists in his two dimensions of length and highly, with regard to his thickness, from the interior, appreciate a sequence of rigorously modulated planes.

Butantã House by Paulo Mendes da Rocha | Photography: Santiago Carvajal. November 2008

This plastic quality observes also in elements of daily use, that in general they are in the habit of being secret and fixed after walls or false ceilings, is the case of the electrical facilities, these they treat of cables seen of black color that they form a few lines in the space, the whole wired up one carries out it in the chamber of 5 centimeters that exists between the slab of concrete and the floor finished of wood, then to stop to spend across the floor of wood the vertical cables, which have the virtue of showing to his inhabitants the location of the switches and his point of corresponding lighting, in spite of just following with the look the path that follows the cable across the girders.

In these works, fundamental elements since they are water pipelines, bajantes of water rain, ventilation of served waters, electrical facilities, etc., that commonly in the architectural practice are a stigma, displaced to instances you finalize of the conception of the work, conceal after walls and false ceilings, in the residences Butant ã, they are thought in the conception of the project, are elements valued across a plastic quality.

Butantã House by Paulo Mendes da Rocha | Photography: Santiago Carvajal. November 2008

The residence shows a mastery in the disposition of a few such constructive basic elements as columns, girders, walls, slabs and facilities, conceived as surfaces and lines in the space, and that together with a correct managing of light and textures, they structure a few spaces arranged for the development of the life, like that, this residence assumes his condition of construction, so much materially, since visual and spatial, construction understood as the act of structuring, that is to say to take care of the relations that guard the different parts between yes and with everything.

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Santiago Carvajal. architect

Cuenca (Ecuador). november 2013

Magister en Proyectos Arquitectónicos. Profesor de la Universidad del Azuay, Cuenca Ecuador. Experto en el uso de herramientas BIM + CAD (ArchiCAD con dos licencias de uso) para desarrollo de diseño y documentación de proyectos, cursos impartidos en Cuenca, Quito y Guayaquil.

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