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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.

172 Social Housing Building in Sarriguren by Alfonso Alzugaray

 
November 10th, 2013 by Sumit Singhal

Article source: Alfonso Alzugaray

We want to raise the inner lane to the category of “reason” of the project. In order to do this, besides the compositional order decisions, we force the access to the houses through this space, qualifying it and generating in this way activity and relation and justifying in our opinion the design of this street.

Image Courtesy © Cesar San Millán, Alzugaray Estudio

  • Architects: Alfonso Alzugaray
  • Project: 172 Social Housing Building
  • Location: Sarriguren
  • Photography: Cesar San Millán, Alzugaray Estudio
  • Surface built: 25.450 m2
  • Client: VITRA Parque del Arga
  • Constructor: Dragados
  • Project director: Fernando Rubi
  • Quantity surveyor: Pedro Legarreta Nuin
  • Eng. Structures: NB 3 5
  • Software used: Autocad

Image Courtesy © Cesar San Millán, Alzugaray Estudio

Regarding the treatment of this space, we attempt to provide an image as “green” as possible, as a children’s play space  far from the complications of traffic that runs along the outside of the buildings. However, it also has a band of slow traffic and another band of parking, all in low intensity, because this lane does not serve the rest of polygon, but an exclusive access to the entrance halls. The ramp to the basement is located at the end of the plot. The definition of this space is completed by  pedestrian paths and emergency exits from the garages.

Image Courtesy © Cesar San Millán, Alzugaray Estudio

We designed the exterior facades following a principle of sobriety, based on a single type of hollow drawn on a very uniform surface of anodized aluminium sheet metal that emphasizes the perforation of the facade and its quality and construction complexity. The composition is repeated in both curved and straight blocks and is always accompanied by the same material which surrounds and defines the entire exterior perimeter of the four buildings.

Image Courtesy © Cesar San Millán, Alzugaray Estudio

The inner street wants to be different. Here the perception of curved path is very close and we want to  emphasize it through small constructive gimmicks: a floor is  slightly staggered regarding the low one, so that the facade becomes a succession of curved lines emphasizing the shape of the street. The absconded vision of the space leads us to look for one “not composition” with hollows randomly placed and lined quoins with colored phenolic panels that introduce a vibration on the surface of the facade and strongly characterize the urban space, far away from orderly compositions.

The project’s argument turns in the difference between these two compositive worlds.

Image Courtesy © Cesar San Millán, Alzugaray Estudio

Image Courtesy © Cesar San Millán, Alzugaray Estudio

Image Courtesy © Cesar San Millán, Alzugaray Estudio

Image Courtesy © Cesar San Millán, Alzugaray Estudio

Image Courtesy © Cesar San Millán, Alzugaray Estudio

Image Courtesy © Cesar San Millán, Alzugaray Estudio

Image Courtesy © Alfonso Alzugaray

Image Courtesy © Alfonso Alzugaray

Image Courtesy © Alfonso Alzugaray

Image Courtesy © Alfonso Alzugaray

Image Courtesy © Alfonso Alzugaray

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