Project name: UALÁ OFFICE
Location: Nicaragua 4677, Buenos Aires, Argentina.
Concept Design / Project / Construction Documents / Interior Design:
Photographer: Federico Kulekdjian
Ground floor: 340 m2
Mezzanine: 141 m2
Abstract _ Ualá
The challenge of designing work spaces always entails a special reflection on the way in which we conceive activity and the development of work. There is no doubt that architecture, in this sense, has much to contribute to the quality of life of the user. With this premise we assumed the project for the Ualá offices. The project is organized in two large spaces joined together by a connecting corridor and a courtyard as a lung.
Based on the programmatic requirements of the client and the inherent conditions of the space to intervene – a shed in the middle of Palermo – the decision was to segment the total surface according to needs of use. This generated a reception area that serves as an antechamber to a large double-height space -flanked by a lateral mezzanine – that proposes a single place organized by work islands. This room plays the leading role in the project, giving the possibility of 70 workplaces, all with visuals to an outdoor courtyard vegetated and full of natural light. A large skin of planked dyed wood covers the walls and roof, generating a large clean space for accessories and installations. There are hidden beams, notched, electrical installations, thermomechanics, etc. This “wooden skin” undergoes three specific