Experimental Brick Pavilion / Estudio Botteri-Connell

Experimental Brick Pavilion / Estudio Botteri-Connell

  • © Gustavo Sosa Pinilla / Experimental Brick Pavilion / Estudio Botteri-Connell
  • © Gustavo Sosa Pinilla / Experimental Brick Pavilion / Estudio Botteri-Connell

"...The architect through unconventional organization of conventional parts is able to create new meanings within the whole... Familiar things seen in an unfamiliar context become perceptually newas well as old..."
Robert Venturi, Complexity and Contradiction in Architecture


Facing the opportunity to experiment in a residential work of small scale, it's developed a series of essays that constitute the frame theorical-practical of project, manipulating a traditional element of our constructive culture in search new meanings and possibilities. The building is located at a suburban plot on the outskirts of La Plata, Buenos Aires, that already has a poolhouse and a pool itself.

The project was about the construction of four weekend’s bedroom, materialized through horizontal and vertical planes of reinforced concrete that determine his bearing structure and spatial.


The exterior enclosure of pavilion it is constituted for self-supporting brick panels of dry construction.

The constructive system start with the basic unit (common brick) disposed in repetitive way, alternating full and empty spaces inside of a steel frame. As of positioning of "panderete" 55 whole bricks and 22 half supported each other without mortar, createing a panel of a half-open plot that works as filter of light and protection of intimacy of the habitants.

The rhythm generated for the alternation of the pieces and the silences between them produces a marked uniformity of the enclosure, nuanced for the salient positions of some singular parts in the composition: the panels that conform the south facade counts with the possibility to scroll allowing linkage of the bedrooms with the outside.

Why brick

The dynamism acquired with the creation of movable panels of brick, submit the material to an unusual behavior, heightening the effect of latent instability to create a new context inside the set to experience capacities that have not been explore.


Extra Info

Area: 120m²
Year: 2016
Project and direction: Arq. Sofía Botteri Cappa, Arq. Patricio Connell
General coordinator: Arq. Rosalía Vicente
Structural calculation: Ing. Rosana Del Panno e Ing. Juan José Turdo
Collaborators: Arq. María Eugenia Rodríguez Daneri
Agustín Ichuribehere
Maximiliano Morzilli
Blacksmiths: Daniel Carbone, Víctor Sepúlveda
Builders: Horacio Alarcón, Diego Cappell, Diego Ferreyra, Alfredo Martínez, Carlos Molina, Claudio Monti, Mario Paniagua, Gustavo Scholz y Oscar Vega