240 houses for Avellaneda
Location Buenos Aires, Argentina
Project team Santiago Miret and Melisa Brieva
Around 1960, together with a team of students from the University of Buenos Aires, Wladimiro Acosta designed a group of houses for Maciel Island. The project has three linear strips, one belonging to the bedrooms, another to be dining room and bathroom, and a third for the kitchen, laundry and semi-covered expansion. Acosta proposes a group of houses that are stacked and embedded in order to form semi-covered double-height spaces and large sunshades facing north, in order to shape well-lit spaces outside. The project is presented with a latent potential for differentiation never exploited. The plan does not end up being modular, making its systematization and subsequent differentiation complex.
In order to account for the variety of family groups and the requirement to populate an irregular terrain, the project organizes an initial matrix adaptive to the lot, to then build a differentiation of the pavilion units by means of a modulation of the habitat unit. The project consists of 18 pavilions, which contain 282 homes, divided into groups of 66 homes for 2 people, 108 for 4 people and 108 for 6 people. The ground floors of the pavilions function as commercial spaces, workshops and offices. In their interstices, the pavilions constitute spaces for public exchange, interconnected by a system of continuous paths. In the longer perimeter areas, parking is available.