SV60 Cordón & Liñán Arquitectos: 317 Social Housing Units - best architects 18

SV60 Cordón & Liñán Arquitectos

317 Social Housing Units

best architects 18

multi-family homes


Ceuta / Spain



Jesús Granada


We bring into play here a range of parameters aimed at creating an independent fragment of a city that reconstructs perceptual essences associated with an understanding of the place itself. Empty spaces, squares, streets, vantage points and courtyards are configured as basic elements to define our new »neighbourhood«. Due to the sharp slope of the plot (40 metres of height difference), the proposal is to amend the topography by means of a series of terraces integrated into the geometric framework, with slopes of approximately 5 metres, on which the various buildings will stand. The buildings are proposed in a way that gives greater importance to the empty spaces and their relationship with the terrain than to the buildings’ own independent form. In this way, the buildings adapt to the topography, either supported or »floating«, focusing on the continuity of spaces, visual relationships, orientation, etc.  


The idea is a building model designed to improve quality of life by using systems that optimise the conditions of use and save energy, encouraging wherever possible the use of the area’s own natural resources. A cross-ventilation system is proposed, since all the dwellings have double orientation. This system is based on an inner courtyard connected to the outside by terraces with alternating orientation to improve air circulation and keep the homes continuously ventilated. All the homes have terraces and inner courtyards.