Guillermo Vazquez Consuegra. Arquitecto
Social Housing in Vallecas
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Vallecas / Madrid / Spain
The project proposed the construction of two parallel blocks instead of the enclosed precinct recommended by the planning regulations. The uneven conditions in the surrounding area and the allotment’s urban context made this layout advisable to permit the construction of better homes with nice views and improved orientations. The two blocks are aligned with the outer ends of the allotment, leaving a large garden area in the middle. In this arrangement, some of the homes face outwards and others overlook the garden. All have two outer façades, ensuring natural cross-ventilation and lighting for every part of the dwelling. The diversity of the exterior situations outside the homes generates a diversity of skins. Smooth, continuous walls are pierced by long windows on the outer wall, while corridors run along the inner wall protected by aluminium uprights, providing views of the garden and framing a dynamic, changing landscape.