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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.

PLAY-TIME APARTMENTS in Madrid, Spain by Elena Orte y Guillermo Sevillano (SUMA)

 
July 10th, 2014 by Sumit Singhal

Article source: Elena Orte y Guillermo Sevillano (SUMA)

The PLAY- TIME apartments is a project of seven units for short term rental in Ciudad Lineal, Madrid. The developer chose the place because he was looking for an oasis in the city. As architects , we proposed to intensify that condition. The movement of the building gives each housing with its own terrace and the construction system provides its own garden in the perimeter. The units, two per floor , are independently assembled on a vertical core -with elevator and services- so they can be oriented freely, limited only by urban conditions and the spiral staircase that climbs around the perimeter, to which they turn their backs.

Image Courtesy © Jesús Granada

Image Courtesy © Jesús Granada

  • Architects: Elena Orte y Guillermo Sevillano (SUMA)
  • Project: PLAY-TIME APARTMENTS
  • Location: Madrid, Spain
  • Photography: Jesús Granada
  • Client: private commission. 2011.
  • Construction: 2013
  • Team (SUMA): Bárbara Rodríguez, architect, Luis Quintano, architect, Rita Álvarez-Tabío, intern.
  • Consultants: Nuria Sáiz, quantity surveyor, Julio González, green façade and landscape., David Izquierdo, structure engineering, Jesús Huerga, structure engineering, Raúl Romero y Antonio Contreras, services engineering.

Building process:

  • Contractor: Diezma Rosell Construcciones s.l.
  • Structure: SANDO-COMEUT.

Image Courtesy © Jesús Granada

Image Courtesy © Jesús Granada

The result is seven tree houses, surrounded by more than forty different species of climbing plants, chosen according to the orientation, whether they are evergreen or deciduous, their leaves and fruit color, flowering period, smells and textures. Thus the green tapestry provides the main architectural features of the envelope (solar and hygrothermal control, vision and intimacy adjustments) and a catalog of sensorial experiences.

Image Courtesy ©  Elena Orte y Guillermo Sevillano (SUMA)

Image Courtesy © Elena Orte y Guillermo Sevillano (SUMA)

As a result, the building collects the aspirations of the developer as well as disciplinary obsessions (the vertical garden, the spiral organization, typological subversions, and the apparently free and in-formal envelope shape) but it does so in a way we had to learn everything along the way and we now feel that we could not do without any of the elements without sacrificing the entire project .

Image Courtesy ©  Elena Orte y Guillermo Sevillano (SUMA)

Image Courtesy © Elena Orte y Guillermo Sevillano (SUMA)

Image Courtesy ©  Elena Orte y Guillermo Sevillano (SUMA)

Image Courtesy © Elena Orte y Guillermo Sevillano (SUMA)

Image Courtesy ©  Elena Orte y Guillermo Sevillano (SUMA)

Image Courtesy © Elena Orte y Guillermo Sevillano (SUMA)

Image Courtesy ©  Elena Orte y Guillermo Sevillano (SUMA)

Image Courtesy © Elena Orte y Guillermo Sevillano (SUMA)

Image Courtesy ©  Elena Orte y Guillermo Sevillano (SUMA)

Image Courtesy © Elena Orte y Guillermo Sevillano (SUMA)

Image Courtesy ©  Elena Orte y Guillermo Sevillano (SUMA)

Image Courtesy © Elena Orte y Guillermo Sevillano (SUMA)

Image Courtesy ©  Elena Orte y Guillermo Sevillano (SUMA)

Image Courtesy © Elena Orte y Guillermo Sevillano (SUMA)

Image Courtesy ©  Elena Orte y Guillermo Sevillano (SUMA)

Image Courtesy © Elena Orte y Guillermo Sevillano (SUMA)

Image Courtesy ©  Elena Orte y Guillermo Sevillano (SUMA)

Image Courtesy © Elena Orte y Guillermo Sevillano (SUMA)

Image Courtesy ©  Elena Orte y Guillermo Sevillano (SUMA)

Image Courtesy © Elena Orte y Guillermo Sevillano (SUMA)

Image Courtesy ©  Elena Orte y Guillermo Sevillano (SUMA)

Image Courtesy © Elena Orte y Guillermo Sevillano (SUMA)

Image Courtesy ©  Elena Orte y Guillermo Sevillano (SUMA)

Image Courtesy © Elena Orte y Guillermo Sevillano (SUMA)

Image Courtesy ©  Elena Orte y Guillermo Sevillano (SUMA)

Image Courtesy © Elena Orte y Guillermo Sevillano (SUMA)

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