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.
Housing block in Valencia, Spain by García Floquet Arquitectos
June 6th, 2013 by Sumit Singhal
Article source: García Floquet Arquitectos
The building is located on a corner plot in the periphery of the locality of Turís, in the boundary between the urban areas and agricultural fields. It is one of the first constructions of an extension of the rural center, which should accommodate nine homes, a commercial premise on the ground floor and parking in the basement. A monolithic element is proposed in this colonization of the territory, which defines the corner in a blunt way and is established as the first solid piece of reference for future buildings in a still undefined place.
It reinterprets the rural architecture particular to the region, the strength and heaviness of the walls of adobe and lime, and used as compositional issues are the cutting of window wells in the facade and balconies that are attached to it, configuring its image.
The projection of the balconies and the eaves were concreted following the floor using the same material. The finish inherent to traditional work emphasizes the presence of these elements on the smooth and white plane of the facades. Each projection introduces a window well and helps to show its location within the “random” composition of the facade understood as “surface” that is released from the programmatic rigidity.
Both the balconies as well as the projections over the window wells have the responsibility of solar protection, but additionally, their position in continuation with the bottom surface of the framework promotes an outward gaze towards the exterior in the interior of the homes.
The three-bedroom homes are stratified in the upper floors, taking advantage of the south-east light in the main parts with the great vertical dimension of its windows. The staircase is attached to the interior patio; all of the common front is built in its totality with structural glass and practical glazed openings, thus offering a source of natural light to the circulations of the building.
The construction is intended to be the simplest possible, through the use of the local “know-how” and the use of common, everyday materials. The exposed concrete of the horizontal planes shares the prominence with a continuous, white plaster of the vertical planes formed by hollow brick factories. In short, the aim is to dignify the banal architecture, the buildings such as this one that do not try to be more than a piece in the construction of the city.
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