Casa Martos by
Adamo-Faiden

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This lopsided house by Argentinean studio Adamo-Faiden has a pointed balcony poking out of one side and a caged terrace on the roof (+ movie + photos by Cristobal Palma).

Casa Martos by Adamo Faiden

Located in Villa Adelina, a suburb in the north of Buenos Aires, the two-storey Casa Martos butts up against a neighbouring commercial building of the same height and Adamo-Faiden has matched the proportions of the volumes to tie together the conflicting architectural styles.

Casa Martos by Adamo Faiden

The facade of the house faces south-west, which architect Marcelo Faiden explains was to bring in natural light and prevent any issues with overlooking windows from the other two properties. "This decision allowed us to cover the ten-metre-high party wall, maintaining the existing sunlight and generating long views to the new house," he said.

Casa Martos by Adamo Faiden

The balcony shelf protrudes from this glazed elevation behind a layer of metal fencing, creating a ledge of plants beside the first floor window. Faiden added: "From the inside, the vegetation of the double enclosure seems to merge with the patio of the next plot."

Casa Martos by Adamo Faiden

A small room and garage occupy the ground floor of the house, while the bedroom, bathroom and living room are positioned on the first floor.

Casa Martos by Adamo Faiden

The architects compare the project with Casas Lago, their first built project, which also features a rooftop terrace. "In both cases the new construction tries to create a relation with the urban fabric through an immaterial, open air room located on the terrace," said Faiden.

Casa Martos by Adamo Faiden

Since completing Casas Lago, Adamo Faiden has worked on a number of residential projects, including designs for social housing on top of existing homes and a housing block that could also be used as offices. See more architecture by Adamo Faiden.

Casa Martos by Adamo Faiden

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Casa Martos by Adamo Faiden

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Casa Martos by Adamo Faiden

Here's a short description from Adamo-Faiden:


Martos House

The house is located in Villa Adelina, a neighbourhood in the north area of Buenos Aires suburbs where great commercial activities, industries and housing coexist.

Casa Martos by Adamo Faiden

The construction is close to the street in a lot where a prefabricated house already occupies the central area of it.

Casa Martos by Adamo Faiden

The characteristics of the buildings nearby, determine the position of the new house. An industrial building generates towards one side a 10 meters height division wall that is used to structure lengthwise the house while orientating all the interior spaces towards the garden of the opposite field.

Casa Martos by Adamo Faiden

A metal tray runs all along the structure length, becoming a shell for a new vegetation that gazes from the inside and seems to merge with the neighbouring garden.

Casa Martos by Adamo Faiden

Above: site plan - click above for larger image

Casa Martos by Adamo Faiden

Above: ground floor plan - click above for larger image

Casa Martos by Adamo Faiden

Above: first floor plan - click above for larger image

Casa Martos by Adamo Faiden

Above: roof plan - click above for larger image

Casa Martos by Adamo Faiden

Above: section aa - click above for larger image

Casa Martos by Adamo Faiden

Above: section bb - click above for larger image

Casa Martos by Adamo Faiden

Above: section cc - click above for larger image

Casa Martos by Adamo Faiden

Above: front elevation - click above for larger image

Casa Martos by Adamo Faiden

Above: rear elevation - click above for larger image

  • jeremy

    Balcony with no access?

    • just me

      Through the window.

    • H-J

      I clearly see a staircase in the drawings.

  • h.a.

    Fantastic, as usual.

  • Concerned Citizen

    Charming, for a prison.

  • http://phoenixboulderwalls.com.au/ brisbane sandstone

    Wonderful design! Nice pictures too!