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adamo-faiden: Architecture as an Evolutionary Discipline

adamo-faiden: Architecture as an Evolutionary Discipline

Sebastián Adamo and Marcelo Faiden of Adamo-Faiden Ph. Javier Agustín Rojas.

adamo-faiden is an architectural firm established in Buenos Aires in 2005 by Sebastián Adamo and Marcelo Faiden. Its practice extends to the fields of teaching and research in different institutions around the world. Their works were exhibited at the Princeton School of Architecture, the Chicago Architecture Biennial, the Guggenheim Museum in New York, the LIGA Architecture gallery in Mexico, among others. Their projects range from small interventions to big housing blocks, from mixed-used complexes to offices towers—all carefully developed in a way where the notion of ‘complete work’ is honed.   

Without a preconceived intention, some topics transcend the projects and allow for the creation of a complete discourse on adamo-faiden’s practice: ideas, forms, interests, and strategies travel from one place to another, from a conversation about small scale architecture to one about large scale architecture without rest.

Based in Buenos and working with traditional constructive methods and local materials, adamo-faiden redefines spaces and volumes by their details. Their buildings enclose a specific aesthetic that has, in the long run, manifested a line of work that exceeds their own practice.

“We don’t care whether other offices appropriate our architectonic language, but we do hope that through our work other offices are encouraged to discover, in any kind of commission, the possibility of proposing their own agenda that can become an exemplary building.”

– adamo-faiden

Luar House

Like most of the Vilas of the early twentieth century, this house proposes a distant and contemplative relationship with the landscape. Its organization keeps the people separated from the ground by elevated terraces located in the piano nobile. Below it, the basement is reserved for the services and the machine room. Once this classic program was overcome, we decided to propose a large open space in the ground floor. The load-bearing walls were replaced by a metal structure that integrates the new space with the outdoors. Although the upper part of the house has not been modified, the lightness of the new basement altered the perception of the whole.

DATE: 2019 / LOCATION: Vicente López, Buenos Aires, Argentina

Bonpland 2169 Building

It is commonly thought that our cities should be compact, dense, and programmatically diverse. The Bonpland 2169 Building tries to position itself in this debate. New ways of using the city, the updating of its programs, or the appearance of hybrid circumstances among the spaces we already know are instances that we give special attention to. The main argument of this project is to develop a sensitivity according to who and what will occupy the space. It assumes that the challenge of each spatial appropriation will allows us to discover a new way of living.

DATE: 2016 / LOCATION: Ciudad de Buenos Aires, Argentina / PROGRAM: Housing / TEAM: Paula Araujo Varas, Ezequiel Estepo, Marcos Altgelt, Martina De Barba

Puertos Club

As if it were a system of chained islands, these buildings float in a wooded forest, allowing each interior to relate to the landscape in the full extent of its perimeter. A light and industrialized materialization gives rise to the development of an elementary organizational system that is based on the alteration of a limited set of variables. The purpose is to create a stimulating physical environment, capable of synthesizing social and sports activities.

DATE:  2017 / LOCATION: Escobar, Buenos Aires, Argentina / TEAM: Tomás Guerrini, Lucas Bruno, Iñaki Harosteguy, Gianfranco Francioni, Luciana Lembo, Darío Graschinsky

As professors in different universities, Sebastián Adamo and Marcelo Faiden know that their ongoing research will be continuously crystallized in future, even unimagined, projects. Understanding architecture as a living organism, they keep their efforts focused on working in the present with an attitude that can transform future imaginaries. Architecture builds cities not only when it produces metropole scale projects but also in the repetition of small housing situations.

“Housing, or any other medium-scale program, has the similar or greater capacity of urban transformation than a public building, such as a library or an auditorium. Because these are the programs that, analyzed in an exponential way, are able to make a difference in everyday life. It is a collective production, where a slit for rethinking the use appears as a chance for a singular investigation phase.”

– adamo-faiden

La Vecindad Plaza Mafalda

An atypical plot in the Colegiales neighborhood has 40 meters of frontage facing a big, green park. A stepped-profile building is incorporated into the system of constructions that consolidate the boundary between the building and the park. It contains thirteen houses that, due to being grouped, can exist in the saturated city. Without abandoning the compactness of housing, these apartments expand their public area and incorporate into domestic life a portion of the surrounding green space. The project aims to reaffirm the idea that density and nature are not opposed variables. Instead, they are inseparable elements for imagining the contemporary city.

DATE: 2018 / LOCATION: Ciudad de Buenos Aires, Argentina / TEAM: Javier Gómez, Sofía Harsich, Esteban Lamm, Pedro Magnasco

Mixed-Use Complex

The first block of the Puertos Civic Center seeks to anticipate a pedestrian city model and a new balance between density and landscape. It will be the first piece of a territorial essay of twelve hectares that seeks to present itself as an alternative model to inhabit the periphery. Three buildings represent this idea, assuming a definitive role in the activation of the urban space they delimit.

DATE: 2016 / LOCATION: Escobar, Buenos Aires, Argentina / STATUS: In process / TEAM: Luciana Lembo, Tomás Guerrini, Lucas Bruno, Juan Campanini, Iñaki Harosteguy, Gianfranco Francioni, Lucia Padilla, Juan Tohme, Felipe Buigues, Marcos Altgelt

Find out more about adamo-faiden’s thoughts and philosophy in this podcast episode!

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