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.
56 Dwellings in Álava, Spain by Patxi Cortazar
May 2nd, 2013 by Sumit Singhal
Article source: Patxi Cortazar
The architectural proposal tries to introduce a program of a more contemporary dwelling, with apartment units with two bedrooms and two-storey lofts, ground floor and first floor, with a private outside space. Each dwelling has two orientations (East and West), cross ventilation and solar protection in the West spaces through a balcony with mobile exterior elements made of stretch aluminum.
The typology of the dwellings in the higher floors foresees an unique day space which includes the hall, the dining-room, the living-room and the kitchen, as well as a little bathroom hall. This space stands in the two orientations and has a cross ventilation.
Its functional flexibility is fulfilled thanks to two sliding panels that close the kitchen and the bathroom hall alternatively in both orientations. The bedrooms are connected to this day space and each of them is oriented to one side of the building.
The access to the ground and first floor lofts is through the street entrance and the typology structure obeys to the same standards, with one peculiarity: the bedrooms are located in the first floor, while the ground floor has a protected sun lounge with a small private garden.
The exterior shape is made with dark parallelepiped bricks. The West façade is perforated by the balconies with aluminum mobile elements for solar protection and glass handrails. At the East façade, the four stairs with polycarbonate skin simulate vertical luminaries at the sunset.
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