Chalú house by Adamo-Faiden



Argentinian architects Adamo-Faiden have completed the renovation of a house in Buenos Aires that features an exterior clad in crushed glass bottles.


Based on a traditional technique where quartz is embeded in white plaster, the transparent glass bottles were crushed and added to the white cement surface.


The project is a renovation of a long, narrow "casa chorizo" (sausage house) - a typical Buenos Aires housing typology from the early twentieth-century - into a three-bedroom apartment.


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Photographs by Francisco Berreteaga.


Here's some more information from Adamo-Faiden:


Chalú house
854 Scalabrini Ortiz Avenue. apartment 3. Buenos Aires. Argentina.
Studio: Adamo-Faiden
The "Chorizo (Sausage) Houses" constituted one of the most systematized typologies in Buenos Aires at the beginning of the 20th century. They were built in deep narrow urban plots and they were organized through a runner that communicated all the units, which at that time were rented by European immigrants. Their repetitive and longitudinal structuring gave name to the houses.


The Chalú's understood that recovering one of these units would give them the opportunity to live in a house located in the center of the square in the center of the city, by less than half of the value of the real estate market.


It was possible to reuse the "L" organization around the patio, from the original house. Also the foundations and the load walls were reused, which configured a single space of 5.10 m of height. The volume of the program of needs required the construction of a new floor slab interrupted only by a stair that communicates the common areas with the rooms of each member of the family.


The will to introduce indirect light in the patio plus a tight budget lead to a second recycle associated to a local covering technique forgotten for decades, as is quartz white plaster.

Instead, transparent glass bottles were crushed until achieving pieces of similar dimensions to those of quartz. Once set and polished on a base of 2cm of white cement, an economic device is obtained, of strong execution and no maintenance, capable of making us forget for a moment the flat reflection connected with floated glass technique, to recover the organic dimension of crystal in the shape of irregular sparkles that appear and disappear always in a different way.

Posted on Sunday June 8th 2008 at 9:34 am by . Copyright policy | Comments policy

  • “exterior clad in crushed glass bottles”, great idea, and it works…

  • DJ

    I love these homo.

  • roadkill

    very good… nice way of recycling bottles… although we should question the wisdom in terms of safety – it’s not a very smooth surface.
    I don’t think the photos really make it justice, i am sure the surface is richer that what looks. More info please…

  • yes!

    great! well done.
    the south americans and the japanese seem to be producing amazing architecture – a great counterpoint to “starchitecture”

  • edward

    Sounds lethal. Brush up against the wall and it will cut you to shreds.

  • roadkill

    i wish i could crush some glass on some starchitects out there, and their kebab buildings

  • andresr

    interesting concept (real estate-wise at least)… wish I could see more of the interior though, and those plans aren’t helping much. the whole crushed glass thing has been done in mexico at least for years… don’t get me wrong, I’m all for it, but it could’ve been further exploited I thinik… maybe letting light in through them somehow (just thinking out loud).
    I found particularily interesting Yes!’s comment pairing up Japanese and South American architecture… I think there is some of that…