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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.

EIGHT INSCRIBED HOUSES AND THREE COURTYARDS in Vecindario, Gran Canaria by Romera y Ruiz Arquitectos S.L.P.

 
April 16th, 2015 by Sumit Singhal

Article source: Romera y Ruiz Arquitectos S.L.P.

2008 World Architecture Festival (WAF 2008). Finalist Housing category.

2008 2008 Manuel Oraá Regional Architecture Award of Canary Islands. Winner  in the New Construction Housing.

The inscribed houses, with their small boundaries, are thought and built as a microcosm. The term inscribed, borrowed from geometry, induced us to find new qualities. The confinements of the irregular and broken limits of party walls, far from being perceived as a negative quality, heightened forms and bodies to us.

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  • Architects: Romera y Ruiz Arquitectos S.L.P. (Pedro Romera García, Ángela Ruiz Martínez)
  • Project: EIGHT INSCRIBED HOUSES AND THREE COURTYARDS
  • Location: Vecindario, Gran Canaria
  • Developper: Instituto Canario de la Vivienda. Gobierno de Canarias
  • Collaborators (all architects): Jorge Hernández, Laura Gómez Mariño y María Rodríguez Arcas.
  • Situation: Calle Miramar
  • Technical architect: Manuel Hernandez Vera
  • Project year: October 2004
  • Built in the year: December 2007
  • Building company: Construcciones Rodríguez Luján S.L.
  • Building cost: 524.151,68 €
  • Cost per square meter: 584 €/m²
  • Area: 897,52m²

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Conferring them the quality of limitless consequently made them infinitely manipulable in the interior.

Controlled spaces where container and contained elements establish dialogues which create a sequence of border spaces. These articulate a route that gently discovers three courtyards that filter natural light, dyeing it with shades of blue, ocher and green. Almost monochrome atmospheres. The diagonal relations between the common spaces frame cuts and fragments of the sky and are naturally ventilated and brushed with natural light.

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Every element plays a significant role. From the street to the deepest stay, one circulates along vestibules, courtyards, corridors, footbridges and slots of light. Telescopic houses, inscribed one on each other.

We formulate a dialogue to formalize the found tensions: between lines and thickness (those offered by the mismatch of alignments and party walls); between inner glances and outer tangencies. Thus, a vertical sequence of broken planes is drawn up, where light slides and shadows become more expressive throughout the day. We turn the only façade into a changing game. Simple origami, fold, unfold, that speaks thickness.

Users, according to their needs or customs, will configure the image to the street within the possibilities of the proposed game.

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