nu transforms a dental mechanics workshop into a light and versatile space in argentina
 

nu transforms a dental mechanics workshop into a light and versatile space in argentina

deep in the heart of buenos aires, argentina, multidisciplinary design studio nu, converted an old dental mechanics workshop into a space for work, meeting and experimentation. the space’s versatility and open plan enables architecture, design, visual and applied arts to coexist. the use of industrial materials such as corrugated metal, and textured glass give it a raw yet contemporary aesthetic. 

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all images by javier agustin rojas

 

 

an eight-meter long and two-meter high skylight in riveted iron and reinforced glass illuminates the dense background of the condominium lot. the property has been owned by the family of one of nu’s architects, santiago passalacqua, for three generations. the builder was one of his great-grandparents, a mechanical engineer and inventor, whose son later specialized in dental mechanics. 

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over the years, it became a versatile space, where a little of everything was done. past programs include a carpentry and sculpture workshop, a photography studio and exhibition space for furniture and equipment designed by nu, the headquarters of the emerging colectiba, an assembled architecture studio and a site for ping pong tournaments for busy designers. 

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today, that multipurpose spirit is maintained. the ground floor houses the workshop and a large hall and the upper floor houses three private offices that, in turn, participate in the activities of the lower floor. the shell, skylight and carpentry were kept from the original construction. nu designed a mezzanine with a light metal structure to minimize intervention, reinforced glass enclosures that reproduce the materiality of the skylight, granite bathroom and kitchen floors reminiscent of the courtyard tiles. the coatings were finished with wood phenolics that, after a varnishing and bleaching process, were turned into nice and neat surfaces.

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nu transforms a dental mechanics workshop into a light and versatile space in argentina

nu transforms a dental mechanics workshop into a light and versatile space in argentina

nu transforms a dental mechanics workshop into a light and versatile space in argentina

nu transforms a dental mechanics workshop into a light and versatile space in argentina

nu transforms a dental mechanics workshop into a light and versatile space in argentina

nu transforms a dental mechanics workshop into a light and versatile space in argentina

 

 

project info:

 

design: nu

location: calle lerma, buenos aires, argentina

 

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edited by: cristina gomez | designboom

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