The proposal for the new Torcuato Di Tella University building is presented as a rigorously open organization that integrates the diversity of the campus into a single spatial and structural system.
The set contains particular rhythms and sequences: on the one hand, the large volume on Avenida Figueroa Alcorta with its grid of imposing columns and capitals; on the other, the sheds with their series of porticos and corbels. The proposal combines both orders proposing a modularity integrated into the cloister of its location.
Tectonics becomes the basic matrix for the austere but multifaceted expressiveness of the building. In an ascending sense, it presents a tripartite organization, in which each part adds a floor to the previous one, while the number of structural supports triples and doubles, successively, in response to the spatial needs of the uses required at each level. , and granting an increasing slenderness to the set.
The building becomes lighter as it approaches the ground, enhancing transparency in the transversal direction between the patio and the street, and solidifies as it detaches in correspondence with the longitudinal organization of the interiors.
In favor of a double purpose of spatial specificity and versatility, the structure accompanies the trends of the program without becoming prescriptively functionalist, and, together with the installations, it occupies the perimeter of the building, freeing the plan, but modulating it and influencing its repetition scale. A complementary relationship is established between them: while the structure loses dimension due to the reduction in loads supported when ascending, the facilities lose dimension due to the reduction of their ducts as one descends. The envelope presents, in this way, a thickness that gives both general rationality and openness in time.
The tense organizational serenity that results from imbibing and matching dissimilar rhythms, from the entire campus to the definition of the interiors, characterizes while giving the new building the ability to integrate the campus of which it is a part.
2016-2019 (competition 1st prize)
Universidad Torcuato Di Tella
Josep Ferrando Architecture
Juan Marcos Feijoó
Sposito & Asociados
Pep Batlle, Ilaria Caprioli, Joan Casas, Judit Coma, Bia Coimbra, Victoria Della Chiesa, Roger Escorihuela, Lucía Iglesias, Stefan Kasmanhuber, Taegweon Kim, Malina Lambrache, Victoria Nicolich, Macarena Parnakian, Goun Park, Daniele Russo, Máximo Sánchez, Arnau Sumalla, Adina Verenciuc, Melanie Welzel, Federico De Zatarain
Miquel Rodríguez XMADE, Roberto Alfie, Nicole Michel Estudio GF SA, Andrés Rodríguez, Edgardo Sequeyra, Ramon Subirà, Delia Dubra, Martín Felgueras, Jorge Labonia, WSDG, Claudio Sesín, Hernán Langé, Hernán Tucci DAKNO