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Born in 1979, Alfredo Munoz is an architect in Spain and International Associate of the American Institute of Architects. Since 2010 he is the founder of ABIBOO Studio and his practice and research focuses on the development of integral processes at the intersection of arts, engineering, sensorial approach to architecture and anthropology. ABIBOO is a boutique firm with operations in Madrid (Spain), New York (USA) and Chennai (India) and is currently designing and developing projects of many different scales in four different continents. Prior to ABIBOO, Alfredo Munoz worked in Europe, the Middle East, India, Japan and the USA for internationally renowned architects like Campo Baeza, Inaki Abalos & Juan Herreros, Toyo Ito and Skidmore, Owings and Merrill on major projects worldwide. Alfredo Munoz has been a Visiting Professor at European University in Madrid and lectured at Columbia University in New York, University of Pennsylvania, Pescara University, the Stockholm Royal Institute of Technology and Tongji University in Shanghai, among others. His projects and design processes have been published and featured in general press like the New York Times, Chicago Tribune, Reuters, GQ Magazine, El Pais, El Mundo, Expansion, The Economic Times, Al Jazeera and in specialized magazines including, but not limited to, L'Arca, Domus, DesignBoom, DesignMilk, Dezeen and Arquitectura Viva.
Location: Chennai, India.
Design completion date: April 2012.
Area: 4,200 m² - 45,000 sqf.
Plot area: 2,300 m² - 25,000 sqf.
Architecture: Abiboo Corp. (www.abiboo.com)
Concept Design: Alfredo Munoz.
Design Direction & Detailed Design: Alfredo Munoz.
Design Team: Alfredo Munoz, Emiliano D´Incecco, Juan Jose Ortega, Zainab Ibrahim
Structures: Abiboo Studio + Mahimtura Consultants
MEP: Abiboo Studio + Spectral Consultants
Renders: Studio A2T
The project consists of eight luxury villas located in a prime plot close to the beach on the south-eastern coast of India, in Chennai. The plot size is 25,000 Sq. Ft. and the built up area 45,000 Sq. Ft.
Each villa design is a reinterpretation of traditional Vastu-compliant houses where the typical central patio becomes here a double-height infinity pool located on the first floor. The rest of the rooms are organized along this central monumental space facing different directions with un-obstructive views of the sea.
The building massing strategy also allows double-side ventilations and self-shadowing which is a critical factor in the hot weather of Southern India. The pool is presented as a perforated box that allows the light to come inside creating a dramatic space that gives a sense of grandeur and solemnity.
The program of each villa includes the common areas at the ground floor, the spaces at the first floor with direct access to the pool and the bedrooms at the top floor. The eight villas are located overlapping each other to ensure views from each single villa.