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2019 AIA Florida Design Awards

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Gardenia 1691

Honor Award of Excellence | Renovations and Additions

Gardenia 1691

Honor Award of Excellence | Renovations and Additions

Designed by Díaz Paunetto Arquitectos.

Some of the objectives of this renovation included taking advantage of the topography, responding to existing views, and maximizing natural light and ventilation. The architect expanded and opened the public areas to the west facing the street, which allowed a more continuous and ample space, as well as establishing a better connection between the interior and exterior spaces of the house. Having the main façade facing west, the architect decided to turn the problem of direct afternoon sun heat and light into an opportunity to create an element that gave a distinctive character and new identity for the residence. In this sense, the firm proceeded to create what could be perceived as a sculptural relief made of a long-lasting material that could serve as a sunscreen and privacy element. The play of light and shadows created in the interior, helps define the spaces through the constant light changes and projections. This cellular sunscreen, contextualized in reference to the client’s medical science profession, created an organic array of weathering (corten) steel elements generating a tridimensional pattern. Initially design by hand with an intuitive cellular pattern, design drew upon parametric programming technology to help develop the precision needed for laser cutting at the metal workshop and the accuracy required for a fast and precise on-site assembly.

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