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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.


June 27th, 2013 by Sumit Singhal

Article source: MIRAG

We received the proposal to design a 91-social-housing project distributed in 4 different blocks within a pre-defined urban planning called Can Vilar in the village of Sentmenat, Barcelona. The symmetric distribution of the blocks is unconnected with the rural and the industrial surroundings.

The group is formed by four buildings and an inner patio, Image Courtesy © Jordi Surroca

  • Architects: MIRAG
  • Location: SENTMENAT, Catalonia
  • Photography: Jordi Surroca
  • TypologySocial housing
  • Authors: MIRAG Arquitectura i Gestió (Pau Millet & Xavier Ramoneda, architects)
  • Year: 2009-2011
  • Collaborators: Roberta Rech architect, Valeria Piccardo architect, Marta Grau architect
  • Building Engineering: GPCat Toni Floriach y Beth Bacardit, building engineers
  • Structures engineering: GPARQ
  • Facilities engineering: Oriol Ruiz Dotras, engineer
  • Developer: ‘La Caixa’ foundation (‘Alquiler Asequible’ program)
  • Construction company: INBISA
  • Budget: 6.321.000 €
  • Built surface: 18.300 m2
  • Software used: Autocad

Elevation from Filadores Avenue, Image Courtesy © Jordi Surroca

The volumes of the four buildings could not be modified. As a consequence, the aim of the project was to give quality to the whole complex through a dynamic facade and also to solve the needs that a social housing project demands. We thus focused on a flexible the facade in order to avoid the rigidity of the urban planning. To get to this point, we resorted to the idea of four buildings as disintegrated volumes, which are formed by surfaces. We also intended to grant sound building quality to inner-spaces.

View from the inner patio, Image Courtesy © Jordi Surroca

As regards the program, both units of block type 01 include 5 apartments in each floor and 2 commercial spaces and the entrance to the parking at the ground floor. The two blocks type 02 have 4 apartments in each floor, including 6 at the ground floor as well as the entrance to the parking floors. The usable space of the apartments varies between 55 and 77m2. The central space, open and accessible to everyone, is understood as a common patio that is protected from the exterior thanks to the ground floors of the complex, which are connected around this collective area.

Hall of one of the buildings, Image Courtesy © Jordi Surroca

Entrance to the inner patio through Filadores Avenue, Image Courtesy © Jordi Surroca

View from the inner patio, Image Courtesy © Jordi Surroca

Image of the facade, Image Courtesy © Jordi Surroca

Ground floor and type floor of the group of buildings, Image Courtesy © MIRAG

Plan type building 01, Image Courtesy © MIRAG

Plan type building 02, Image Courtesy © MIRAG

Section, Image Courtesy © MIRAG

Façade Filadores Avenue, Image Courtesy © MIRAG

Façade Can Vilar square, Image Courtesy © MIRAG

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