Multi-family dwellings

Vallecas, Madrid

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29 Social Housing

Iñaqui Carnicero, arquitecto

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Strict compliance with urban planning regulations and the determination to formalise a volume of isotropic characteristics that blend in properly with the adjacent buildings are the ideas that have generated this project.

There are two codes that allow this project’s apparent formal complexity to be understood: on one hand the determination to transform the “corset” of the urban planning regulations into the element that actually generates the project and, on the other, the determination to formalise a neutral, isotropic volume that addresses the lateral attachment to its two neighbours.

The chamfered corner, normally inherent to standard geometries and a slave to its own repetition, here becomes the model for a section used throughout its volume in order to meet the suite of regulatory parameters that condition the project, thus transforming compliance into a virtue. Here, multiple chamfered corners bevel the roofs, generating and characterising the morphology of the resulting final volume. The interior volume formed by these “chamfers” or sloping planes generates attractive double-height spaces that provide the ensemble of dwellings with an architectural and spatial quality that exceeds the characteristic social housing standards.

On the ground floor, this project avoids the characteristic solutions consisting of a vertical communications nucleus with two symmetrical dwellings on each side, or a single orientation imposed by the solution of the gallery typology and instead proposes a cluster scheme of three dwellings for each vertical communication nucleus. This floor plan typology optimises the number of nodes while remaining consistent with the formal isotropy of the volume in which the dwellings are inserted.

The façade is based on a single opening that, situated in different positions, ultimately generates a sort of continuous and uniform mantle behind which the different rooms of each dwelling are to be found randomly. In the interior the number of openings, together with their position, characterise its typology: laundry room, living room or bedrooms.

In the standard opening, the façade’s true protagonist, the now classic separation of uses, ventilation and lighting is emphasised by incorporating two types of glass, translucent and transparent, introducing a new variable that through the differing degrees of transparency qualifies the view of the exterior while enriching the luminosity of the interior space.

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Localización Location: Vallecas, Madrid. Spain. Arquitecto Architect: Iñaqui Carnicero. Arquitecto técnico Technical Architect: Juan José Moya. Ingeniero de construcción Building Engineer: JG. Estructuras Structures: Mecanismo de estructuras. Cliente Client: E.M.V. Colaboradores Contributors: Ignacio Vila, Alejandro Viseda, Jose Javier Gonzalez, Fernando Arenas, Ines Delgado. Constructora Construction: Isolux Corsan. Fecha Date: April 2012. Coste Budget: 2.220.000,14€. Fotografía Photography: Iñaqui Carnicero.
Iñaqui Carnicero