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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.

C-32 Social dwelling in Madrid, España by Santiago de Molina + Hayden Salter + Agatángelo Soler + Edgar Sarli

 
March 5th, 2014 by Sumit Singhal

Article source: Santiago de Molina + Hayden Salter + Agatángelo Soler + Edgar Sarli 

The apartment building with 30 rental units for young people is located at the eastern edge of the Carabanchel development. Like other new urban districts in Madrid, this zone is characterized —with its oversized street grid, isolated buildings, unoccupied parcels, empty apartments and vacant shops— by the abrupt change from the booming market of 10 years ago to the present economic crisis.

Image Courtesy © Jesús Granada and Hayden Salter

  • Architects: Santiago de Molina + Hayden Salter + Agatángelo Soler + Edgar Sarli
  • Project: C-32 Social dwelling
  • Location: Madrid, España
  • Photography: Aurelio Dorronsoro, Jesús Granada and Hayden Salter
  • Area: 3733 sqm
  • Surveyor: Antonio Hernández
  • Structure: Gogaite y Valladares
  • MEP: Miguel Angel Gálvez y Juan Luis Rodríguez
  • Commisioner: EMVS
  • Constructor: Isolux-Corsan Corvina

Image Courtesy © Jesús Granada and Hayden Salter

The building was designed and built during the transition between these two moments, a small parcel anchored between two larger, contradictory housing operations. Given this difficult context and the limited budget, the form of the building assumes multiple interpretations with respect to its urban character in these times of change.

Image Courtesy © Jesús Granada and Hayden Salter

First, it is an introverted volume, a cube distinguished by voids in the facades that undermine the rigid contours of the volume, and engage the space around it. Secondly, its thick skin, dark and wrinkled as that of an elephant, holds large openings that allow the interior broad views of the adjacent landscape.  Finally, its design is rigorous and compact, and its floor plan —composed with a series of crossing bands that contain structure, mechanical spaces, kitchens, bathrooms and closets (the service spaces) — possesses a dynamism creating a variety of domestic spaces.

Image Courtesy © Jesús Granada and Hayden Salter

The ground floor is open, providing a shared space protected from the sun and rain.  A series of common rooms —a meeting room, collective bicycle storage, play spaces and the laundry terrace— complement the dense living areas and contribute to a sense of community and belonging that ensures the future of the project.

Image Courtesy © Jesús Granada and Hayden Salter

Image Courtesy © Jesús Granada and Hayden Salter

Image Courtesy © Jesús Granada and Hayden Salter

Image Courtesy © Jesús Granada and Hayden Salter

Image Courtesy © Aurelio Dorronsoro

Image Courtesy © Aurelio Dorronsoro

Image Courtesy © Aurelio Dorronsoro

Image Courtesy © Aurelio Dorronsoro

Image Courtesy © Aurelio Dorronsoro

Image Courtesy © Santiago de Molina + Hayden Salter + Agatángelo Soler + Edgar Sarli

Image Courtesy © Santiago de Molina + Hayden Salter + Agatángelo Soler + Edgar Sarli

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