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valeria escobar segui collective housing urban park 2011 refugee’s shelter 2011

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caraballeda waterfront


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2016

vacation house

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2018

belvedere school


“Architecture is the sublime feeling of all times, it’s the vision of a style and the synthesis of all individual aspirations and their highest justification”

Helio Oiticica


The street where this residential building is located is the main way of an important commercial center in Caracas, and has a constant flow of vehicles and pedestrians. As a response to this, the ground level has been designed as an extension of the plaza in front of it, and the retail spaces should add vitality to it.

collective housing The dweller of this building is seen as cosmopolite, immersed in the cultural life of the neighborhood, generally different to a large family with children; people in relationship with the street as a means to connect with other people. This is why most apartments are studios. Social areas in them are reduced, and the plaza and communal areas are proposed as the main places of encounter. apartments have facades both to the street and the courtyard, ensuring a view of the city and allowing ventilation to keep temperatures low.

location: caracas, venezuela 2011 - 5th semester project universidad central de venezuela


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type 1 apartment

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type 2 apartment

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lower level

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THE urban park is located in a residential area of the southeastern hills of caracas. Formerly a suburb composed of detached houses, this AREA has seen AN increase IN population due to the construction of large complexes of RESIDENTIAL AND OFFICE buildings, AN EXPANSION THAT WILL certainly continue IN the decades TO COME. this is

urban park why the construction of RECREATIONAL spaces for the community is of UtMOST importance. THE park has A STREET LEVEL BOULEVARD AND AN ELEVATED PLAZA. THE BOULEVARD IS CONSTRUCTED IN A WAY THAT COULD BE EXTENDED along THE avenue as part of a larger urban intervention. The level difference between the boulevard and the rest of the park helps CONTROL PEDESTRIAN ACCESS and creates an ideal place for contemplating the view of the valley. Exhibition rooms, a covered plaza and ARTIST ateliers are important spaces of THE park.

location: caracas, venezuela 2009 - 3rd semester project universidad central de venezuela

retail area

PATIO

exhibition rooms

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roofplan

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botanical species

pavement

Tabebuia chrysantha feb - apr

solid pavement

Tabebuia rosea feb - mar

connecting pavement

concrete

turfstone

the level difference serves as a physical, but not visual, limit Erythrina poeppigiana feb - mar

vegetable pavement grass

multi-purpose covered piazza

exhibition rooms

section 2


auditorium

multi-purpose covered piazza

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exhibition rooms

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cafe retail area

floor plan

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In Venezuela, heavy rainstorms and construction in unsuitable terrains leave many families without A home EVERY year. Authorities tend to respond to these emergencies by hosting thousands of people in large buildings, but these ‘temporary’ measures usually extend for several months. This shelter aims to give families in this situation a sense of home.

refugees shelter The shelter can be built by four people in one day, no tools required. All the parts are made of fiberglass, resistant to harsh WEATHER, and are filled with polyurethane foam AS AN insulation material. They are light and easy to handle. The bases can adapt to irregular ground and elevate the floor to avoid flooding. Floor, walls, and roof are made with one-metre-long blocks attached to one another by smaller joint blocks. The joints keep a separation between the layers of the wall to allow air flow. A plastic cover impedes water infiltration THROUGH the roof and has solar panels to POWER the house.

location: tropic 2011 - 6th semester project universidad central de venezuela


solar panels

floor plan

optional space for two extra people

cross ventilation

section 1

permeable facade keeps interior fresh in hot tropical weather

adjustable base for irregular ground

fiberglass blocks filled with polyurethane foam

elevated floor for protection against water and animals

section 2

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parts catalogue

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5. roof 7. ridge

bases 2. a. type a

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joints 4.a. type a

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los roques archipelago is a national park in THE venezuelan caribbean. only one of the islands, gran roque, is inhabited by about 3.100 LOCALS and A few private vacation houses. IT IS AN exclusive tourist destination. a small patio in the center of the house creates an open and illuminated environment in social

vacation house in the caribbean areas. it also facilitates air flow, essential in

this type of weather. The terrace in the second story is a good place to ENJOY a view of the sea. Water and electricity in the island are scarce, so the house should be as independent as possible from public supply. Solar panels provide enough power for all 12v appliances (excluding air conditioning) and showers are connected to a solar water heater. the rainwater collected ON the roof and salt water are stored for TOILET USE.

location: los roques, venezuela 2016 - under construction cota 3.0 arquitectos


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floor plan

access level

floor plan

upper level


the patio allows cross ventilation

section 1

lighting and ventilation for bathrooms

section 2

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Gran Roque village

solar water heater

solar panels

rainwater harvesting


section 3

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Caraballeda is a coastal city north of Caracas, with a vast yet unexploited potential for tourism. One of the city’s main problems is its poor public service infrastructure, deepened by the construction of four thousand social housing units, access to the waterfront and visual contact between the streets and the sea are blocked by a row of residential buildings on the coastline.

waterfront caraballeda

The one-and-a-half kilometre promenade tackles these issues using three strategies. First, IT CONNECTS different parts of the district and ALLOWS easy access to the coast. Second, IT creates places for SIGHTSEEING. Using the slope of the site, the promenade is designed in different levels; activities in the lower levels won’t obstruct the view in the higher ONES. FINALLY, IT PROVIDES spaces for ACTIVITIES like sports, recreation, retail STORES, AND swimming or sailing, in order to have constant use of the public space.

location: vargas, venezuela 2014 - thesis project universidad central de venezuela


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‘los cocos’ beach’

sports and recreation

former sheraton hotel ‘los coquitos’ beach’

surf and competitions

school of tourism under construction

caraballeda harbour

view from ‘Los Cocos’ beach

private marina

‘Avila’ national park in the background

former melia hotel aerial view to the west

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golf courts

caraballeda country club


swimming area

competition and recreational pools

‘caleta’ beach

marina

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public park

public library

STREET FOOD MARKET

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average original slope cross section

connection a uniform pavement along the waterfront and access ways. cycle and running lanes

sightseeing the view of the sea from higher levels is not blocked by the people in lower levels

“los cocos’ beach

surf competitions infrastructure

amphitheater

public gym


activation retail and service areas are located under the boulevard infrastructure for sport and recreation is provided competition swimming pools

marina, kayak and open water swimming

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pavement terminalia catappa

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The historic educational complex built in 1957 will be finished with a building along Chemin des Croix-Rouges. The orientation makes it possible to benefit from the views over Laussane and the Lake Leman up to France. The terraced layout serves both to make the descending terrain accessible and to preserve the view from the existing courtyard.

belvÊdère school The building has a very regular wooden structure, and Two concrete volumes that host emergency stairs, elevators and toilets, also increase seismic stability. In the early stages of the development of this project, I worked on urban analysis and preliminary conceptual ideas. My main role was designing and drawing the floor plans; that is, defining the structural grid, the distribution of the rooms, the access and circulations, and most importantly, taking responsibility for the architectural quality of the spaces.

location: lausanne, switzerland 2018 - competition by benarici arkitektur kollaborationen

A row of ducts in the centre of the building connects the classrooms and other spaces with the technical rooms in the basement.


5th floor

cross section

4th floor

3rd floor

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common space along the north facade, the common space is organized around a long stair of generous dimensions. Equipped with different types of furniture, these spaces are favorable for relaxing and meeting people. Independent of this friendly space, there are two safety stairs for emergency evacuation.

long section

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educational areas health group cafeteria gym outdoor areas

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