The 20-unit multifamily housing program is developed in a central lot located on one of the streets parallel to the North-South axis of the city of Campana, a low-density urbanization located northeast of Buenos Aires on the banks of the Paraná River.

▼建筑外观,external view of the building ©Francisco Cadau Oficina de Arquitectura


The lot opens its front to a sports field that enables open views to and from the avenue. The building is organized on an extended plinth throughout the land, which connects the center of the block and the street, and the main body, with five levels, rises above the front portion of the plot. The plinth organizes a gradient of intermediate spaces (thresholds, ramps, halls and expansions for common use) that control the continuity between the public space and the interior of the building.

▼从体育场看向建筑,view to the building from the sports field ©Francisco Cadau Oficina de Arquitectura


▼建筑形态分析,building analysis ©Francisco Cadau Oficina de Arquitectura

▼露台与垂直流线,terrace and the vertical circulation ©Francisco Cadau Oficina de Arquitectura

The main body, which concentrates the dwellings and the vertical circulations, is defined as an exempt volume based on perimeter retreats that variably organize its relationship with the context. Above the street, a landscaped retreat preserves the existing pine and attenuates the impact of the pedestrian-scale volume. While on the backside, a large square patio recreates the conditions of urban space and allows preserving an ancient avocado tree. Finally, on the sides, minimal recedings make it possible to naturally illuminate and ventilate the building’s common circulations.

terrace at the rear ©Gustavo Sosa Pinilla

pedestrian and pine trees in front of the building ©Francisco Cadau Oficina de Arquitectura


The building materializes a model of urban densification that, from a contemporary position, integrates and equalizes the demands of a growing medium-sized city with the traditions and social inertia of its inhabitants, the potential users of the building. Through the proposal of terraced patios, the building recovers and updates, for the typology of high-rise housing, the forms of living typical of provincial cities where the enjoyment of the exterior and the interaction between neighbors characterize the lifestyle.

▼入口,entrance ©Francisco Cadau Oficina de Arquitectura

elevated ground floor ©Francisco Cadau Oficina de Arquitectura

▼楼梯,staircase ©Francisco Cadau Oficina de Arquitectura

public terrace on the upper floor ©Francisco Cadau Oficina de Arquitectura

▼楼梯细部,details of the staircase ©Francisco Cadau Oficina de Arquitectura


The building is structured around a double bay of apartments with terraced patios, which take advantage of the sun from the East and West and the views of the avenue and the center of the block.

▼户型分析,analysis of the dwelling unit ©Francisco Cadau Oficina de Arquitectura

▼带有露台的公寓,apartment with patio ©Francisco Cadau Oficina de Arquitectura


The alternating repetition of apartments and terraced patios organizes, on the facades, a three-dimensional checkerboard pattern, recognizable on an urban scale. This texture, of masses and habitable spaces, gives thickness and porosity to the envelope, allowing the activation of the building’s margins from the use of the housing expansions and their interaction with the urban space.

▼棋盘格立面,facade in a checkerboard pattern ©Francisco Cadau Oficina de Arquitectura

▼立面近景,虚实交错,closer view to the facade with alternated masses and patios ©Francisco Cadau Oficina de Arquitectura


The envelope is resolved entirely in brick, a material widely and extensively diffused in the culture of the region that constitutes a technically reliable, economically affordable, and environmentally sustainable solution. This technology allows, in turn, the development of a continuous gradient of configurations and surface performances, ranging from the simple enclosure wall to masonry with openwork and variable relief in the form of brise soleils. In this way, the different thermal, lighting and visual requirements of the program are integrated within a highly efficient and formally continuous building envelope.

▼不同的砌筑方式讲不同需求整合在一层表皮上,various pattern integrated different requirements into one enclosure ©Francisco Cadau Oficina de Arquitectura

▼材料细部,material details ©Francisco Cadau Oficina de Arquitectura, Gustavo Sosa Pinilla

▼区位图,location ©Francisco Cadau Oficina de Arquitectura

▼总平面图,site plan ©Francisco Cadau Oficina de Arquitectura

▼地面层平面图,ground floor plan ©Francisco Cadau Oficina de Arquitectura

▼一/三/五层平面图,plan of the first, third and fifth floors ©Francisco Cadau Oficina de Arquitectura

▼二/四层平面图,plan of the second and fourth floors ©Francisco Cadau Oficina de Arquitectura

▼屋顶平面图,roof plan ©Francisco Cadau Oficina de Arquitectura

▼剖面图,section ©Francisco Cadau Oficina de Arquitectura

▼装配细部,rig details ©Francisco Cadau Oficina de Arquitectura

Architect: Francisco Cadau
Collaborators: Patricio Cantlon, Federico Cione, Victoria Della Chiesa, Andrea Lanziani, Andres Milos, Diego Valenzuela
Location: San Martin 777, Campana, Buenos Aires Province, Argentina
Program: Residential building
Area: 1835 m2
Year of completion: 2021
Photography: Francisco Cadau Oficina de Arquitectura / Gustavo Sosa Pinilla