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2008. 114 VPT housing. fuenlabrada. madrid

2008. FIRST PRIZE VETECO Awards

SELECTED X BIENAL ESPAÑOLA DE ARQUITECTURA Y URBANISMO

Carmen Espegel, Concha Fisac

TEAM MEMBERS: Laia Lafuente, Isabel Camacho, Cristina Hernández, Syra Abella, Lucila Urda, Daniel Merro, Jérôme Gottardi

EXTERNAL ASSITANTS: Enrique Medina, Ramón Sánchez Hombre, Luis Díaz Alabart (Structural Engineer), Manuel Antolín (Telecommunication Engineer), Pérez Escolar Ing. (Activity Project)

PHOTOGRAPHERS: Angel Baltanás, espegel-fisac arquitectos

The project proposed for the outskirts of Fuenlabrada, near the Hospital, the University and the Metro (Underground), in a site that still preserves a certain rural character and where the urban plan encourages a closed-block development, aims to work at two complementary scales. On the one hand, the landscape scale, which is met with an abstract construction that keeps a continuous cornice line, the volume of which is sculpted by large gaps. On the other hand, the dwelling scale, approached through horizontal openings, of spacious and amiable dimensions.

The chosen dwelling typology is the well-known and extremely efficient “double-orientation” or “open-ended” unit, with living-rooms that open onto the inner block courtyard while the bedrooms face the street outside. The large gaps opened in the volume allow a better natural illumination and  therefore take care of the lighting of the strictly-dimensioned block courtyard. However, these spaces are also recreation areas in the adjoining dwellings, where the proposal, because of its dimension, hopes to transform the private terrace into a large green area.