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Sumit Singhal
Sumit Singhal
Sumit Singhal loves modern architecture. He comes from a family of builders who have built more than 20 projects in the last ten years near Delhi in India. He has recently started writing about the architectural projects that catch his imagination.

168 Social Housing in Madrid, Spain by Coco Arquitectos

 
January 18th, 2012 by Sumit Singhal

Article source: Coco Arquitectos

This project is the result of the winning 1st prize in a competition promoted by the Municipal Housing Agency in Madrid, to build 168 social dwelling. The strong sloped plot was placed in the very edge of the city.

Image Courtesy Miguel de Guzman

Image Courtesy Coco Arquitectos

Outlying contexts surrounded by city border highways, fields, malls… require consistent answers. These are places where any action demands the same audacity, for example, a leaning building. The construction expresses with the language of kinetic, fitting its shape parallel to the slope while the ground floor retrieves the level of the plot defining streets.

We were required for small dwellings, with just one or two bedrooms, assigned to young people, what allowed us to think in new housing concepts.

Image Courtesy Miguel de Guzman

The building plan is a thin strip, with narrow apartments opened onto two different scenes: one side the city, the other the wide private garden. Every unit has a space which crosses from side to side, opening simultaneously to both of them. We seek for dwelling with blurred frontiers between spaces, where inner room shape can be changed, and with the presence of an extra room: a room floating outside the building, attached to the facade, large enough to accommodate any domestic activity.

Image Courtesy Ignacio Izquierdo

We approach social housing from present society, where customizing your own house is a way to seek for individuality. In this context, the new room, freely set in the facade, expresses this new understanding: a random image with all elevation being unique, every single dwelling different from each other, and only the intervention of the users helping it to acquire significance.

Image Courtesy Miguel de Guzman

Image Courtesy Ignacio Izquierdo

Image Courtesy Ignacio Izquierdo

Image Courtesy Ignacio Izquierdo

Image Courtesy Miguel de Guzman

Image Courtesy Miguel de Guzman

Image Courtesy Miguel de Guzman

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