Vallecas Social Housing
This project is the result of a competition at the end of 2003. The philosophy of the competition was that each team would offer the best architecture solution that was able to imagine, subject to compliance with the ‘economic’ parameters for the lot; maximum surface to be built and number of dwellings, and always considering that it is a social housing development. The 22-storey building has two towers of different heights and it consists of 132 one and two bedrooms housing units. Above ground, the building occupies 70% of the limit set by the alignment of the façades, with a general setback to liberate more public space on the front sidewalk access and natural relief of ground floor commercial use. This setback can avoid the typical chamfers of the area planning and work with sharper volume geometry. The building is clad in zinc tiles and windows are scattered across the surface so that the boundaries of individual dwellings are hidden from the outside.