gabinete de arquitectura completes bespoke office in asuncion

all images courtesy of gabinete de arquitectura

 

 

 

south american architects solano benitez, glo cabral, and solanito benitez of gabinete de arquitectura have recently finished their new office in asuncion, paraguay. with the extremely tight budget of $5,000 USD which was to be appropriated to either buying new computers or building their new offices, the architects took to shovels and trowels to build a modest headquarters of 100 m2 that attests to creative ability over lavishness of material. the office exemplifies a space somewhere in between idea and finished product, maintaining a certain rawness and functionality that is constantly evolving with every project.  ceramic brick was used as the primary building material.
gabinete de arquitectura completes bespoke office in asuncion

 

 

 

it’s flexibility, strength, and economic accessibility lends to a structurally sound and affordable architecture brought to life through creative applications, a strategy that is consistently explored in all their projects. laying the bricks at slight angles creates gentle sawtooth-texture walls that cast varying shadows throughout the day. this method is also used at the ceiling, raking parallel lines across the space. modular space-frame columns supported by triangular concrete plinths are comprised of brick and mortar, unique structural component that pushes the limits of form and material.gabinete de arquitectura completes bespoke office in asuncion
long open spaces between structural bays frame work areas

 

 

 

a central core containing stairs, bathroom and kitchenette fits within a structural grid that subdivides the peripheral space. on one end, a raised floor acts as a large step that supports tables and provides storage areas, with structural bearing walls that delineate smaller bays within. all the materials that supplement the office are either recycled or reclaimed from demolition sites, further helping to decrease costs without sacrificing function.

gabinete de arquitectura completes bespoke office in asuncion
the office is in a constant state of flux according to the architects’ needs

gabinete de arquitectura completes bespoke office in asuncion
reclaimed furniture fills the interior with usable desk space

gabinete de arquitectura completes bespoke office in asuncion
modular triangular columns are constructed of brick and mortar

 

 

 

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