The gallery below is from a residential studio project. The completed work is a high-rise residential space located in the Palermo sector of Buenos Aires, Argentina designed for the Stamm family. The family consists of a husband (Axel), Wife (Emily), and their daughter (Katharine). Axel (from Germany) is a doctor studying cancer research, specializing in the circulatory system. He often travels internationally for his work and also competes in triathlons. Emily (from Cleveland, Ohio) is part of the faculty at The University of Buenos Aires specializing in visual culture and literature and often works from home. Their daughter, Katharine, is 7 years old and is learning to speak Spanish and play the piano. She collects dolls from her German relatives and has a cat named Liza. The goal of this project is to give the family a relaxing retreat to reconnect with one another after their time spent apart.
The parti concept for this project, inspired by Axel’s career, is rooted in the circulatory system because of the family’s active lifestyle and commitment to living healthily. Based on research of the circulatory system and the way that it carries nutrients around the body in a closed manner, the decisions made for space planning, lighting, massing of forms and their negative space are a reflection of the way in which our body maintains homeostasis. The first five images focus on the parti, the dimensioned floorplan and reflected ceiling plan, as well as a cross section of the kitchen cabinetry (all of which are done in AutoCad except for the parti sketching).
The next set of images are hand rendered floorplans that consist of the first and second floors, totaling 2300 square feet. Following these are two elevations of the South facade, first open to light and second with an automated privacy shade drawn. The next set of renderings carries the viewer through the space on a typical circulation pattern. The space is designed to remind the occupants of Berlin circa the modern movement while also showcasing their South American Art collection. This is addressed by using furnishings and design elements made or inspired by German design houses using color that acquiesce to the art and strengthen it, rather than detract from it. All of the natural materials (travertine, marble, Eucalyptus wood) used are either quarried or harvested from buenos Aires or nearby in Argentina sustainably.