Diego Betancourt, Jimena Blando, Alexandra Castillo, Arantxa Alfaro
ITESM, dep. of architecture
The project consists in a foster home designed for 96 people, it varies the age of the kids from 0 to 18 years old, it takes place in Ciudad Valles, San Luis… more
Shahriar Iqbal Raj
Sustainability, Functionality and Humanity more
Dear Design Group- Nice work.
My comments are
1. Use of a vault is a fantastic idea. You may see the successful use of it in B. V. Doshi's work.
2. The introduction of the split level is fantastic, especially giving an extra height on the ground-level reception/common space.
3. Use of brick as local material shows the intention of the designers to prefer local materials.
4. Quality of spaces is somewhat playful.
5. Inner court is very meaning full and created a small neighborhood.
6. Use of rainwater is a good idea.
Places can be improved.
1. I am surprised to see no North sign in any drawing as we prefer to have north and south light through the vault.
2. Generally Vault structures prefer wall (one-way slab) structures. More effort could have been appreciated to show structural clarity in the 3d.
3. Unfortunately the relationship between the central court and the interior space is missing. Too much obsession with the vault may have restricted the creative exploration.
4. Some negative spaces have been created because of the staggering allotment of masses- that could have been avoided by breaking the rigid pattern.
5. Rainwater harvesting detail was expected.
I liked the project and it shows the pure academic potential of the designer. There is always room for improvement and I am sure the team will do it in the next.
Thanks for a nice work- Design Team
The project consists in a foster home designed for 96 people, it varies the age of the kids from 0 to 18 years old, it takes place in Ciudad Valles, San Luis Potosí, Mexico. Casa Hogar Ciudad Valles seeks to be a new and completely different foster for boys and girls of different ages where they can live in better conditions while they hope to get a new home.
We started dividing the plod in 3 horizontal sections that helped us to create different spaces. In the first section, located in the front part which contains offices for the staff, a bakery, a complete kitchen, a nursery, two bedrooms and a big dining room.
The bakery has a counter and a kitchen with all the equipment required, this helps the foster home to be financially sustainable. The kitchen is beside the bakery, so it makes it more efficient. Next to the kitchen is located the dining room with a great space providing a dynamic space that can fit more than 90 people.
Concrete benches between the first and the second section can be founded, this zone was designed for everyone who visit the foster and want to know the children. In this way, privacy is never lost.
The second and the third section are divided in four modules that separates by age and gender. Each module is divided again in four small houses. Each one has half levels and a service core; the half levels create private and safe places, at the same time allowing cross ventilation and comfort. Homework and game space are located on the ground floor, while bedrooms can be found in upper levels. Each house communicates through the game space with the house besides. The roof consists in vaults which cover each house and at the same way, allows to collect rainwater.
Each house is out of phase with each other creating an arched form that generates a dynamic space for the kids. Thus, an open and big playground (as if it were a big pixel) is created for the users where several activities can be done. The shape of the yard allows the caregivers to keep an eye on the kids while they are playing.
The central core for caregivers is found on the back side of the plod, this module has the same distribution as the houses. On the ground floor there is a small kitchen and a laundry, in upper levels the bedrooms.
The project can be built in phases (as shown in the video), it represents a more sustainable economy, also it can be scalable and be built according to the requirements.
The proposal seeks to be a sustainable project in different senses. The use of local materials such as brick, concrete and wood. This intention is reflected in local building techniques. Brick walls which work as barriers and divisions of spaces, providing comfort for the user and the use of wood lattice to allow cross ventilation. The structural system consists on prefabricated slabs by joist and vaults. For the roof we propose vaults to cover the houses, at the same time we collect rainwater to give it a second use.