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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.

Courtyard social houses in Es Mercadal, Menorca, Spain by Jaime J. Ferrer Forés

 
July 13th, 2013 by Sumit Singhal

Article source: Jaime J. Ferrer Forés

Patio houses and environment: mat building

As an extension of the urban tissue of Es Mercadal, characterized by a network of narrow streets and small courtyards, the project was conceived as a mat building, where houses open to an ordered series of patios and connected through two access galleries. The building volume is excavated with various operations to be filled with light and air.

Image Courtesy © José Hevia

  • Architects: Jaime J. Ferrer Forés
  • Project: Courtyard social houses
  • Location: Es Mercadal, Menorca, Spain
  • Photography: José Hevia
  • Collaborators: Yolanda Ortega Sanz, architect; Vicenç Jordi Manent, co-site supervisor; Joan Reynés, quantity surveyor
  • Contractor: Llabrés Feliu. Juan Alfonso Rivero, Yolanda Homar and Antonio Rodríguez, site supervisors
  • Consultants: Roca Ingenieros, Mechanical engineering; Bernal Nadal, structure
  • Client: IBAVI, Institut Balear de l’Habitatge
  • Cost: 2.814.178 Euros   Floor area: 4.460 m2
  • Intervention Chronology: 2006 – 2010
  • Prizes: Selected work Bauwelt Prize 2013 “First house”, Highly commended AVS Awards 2010 Social housing

Image Courtesy © José Hevia

The project evokes the tradition of courtyards and the rationality of traditional construction which flows climate adaptation and ancestral wisdom of the wall and the threshold. Faced with the heavy traffic that crosses the Round Way and diverting traffic from downtown, the proposed patios system improves the acoustics of the house and ensures maximum privacy and acts as climate control system.

Image Courtesy © Jaime J. Ferrer Forés

Thus, the compositional system intensifies the action of passive design of the building in order to facilitate natural ventilation of the home and improve comfort and energy consumption. Despite the irregular perimeter, the composition of courtyard houses seeks maximum serialization.

Image Courtesy © Jaime J. Ferrer Forés

Image Courtesy © Jaime J. Ferrer Forés

Image Courtesy © Jaime J. Ferrer Forés

Image Courtesy © Jaime J. Ferrer Forés

Image Courtesy © Jaime J. Ferrer Forés

Image Courtesy © Jaime J. Ferrer Forés

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