198 Social Housing units

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198 Social Housing units

Main objectives of the project

This housing project won first prize in a competition of design and building teams, in which constructive innovation was an essential premise.

Date

  • Construcción: 1995

Stakeholders

  • Arquitecto: Manuel de las Casas

Location

Continent: Europe
City: Madrid
Country/Region: Spain

Description

The apartment blocks, each with five levels, house four units per floor in a linear scheme, with the majority of the 198 dwellings open to two façades. In order to shorten the period of construction, prefabricated concrete panels were employed in the enclosure, its large scale and meticulously designed joints dividing the facades into a lively pattern. Unity in the whole is obtained by combining the comb-like formation of some of the buildings with the perimetric situation of others, thus visibly closing the site. The importance attributed to the garden and other open spaces is noted in the careful paving and colorist, ceramic tile cladding of the skylights protruding out from the parking garage.