MEDIOMUNDOArquitectos Marta Pelegrín + Fernando Pérez.
Council Flats and Urban Design
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Empresa Municipal de la Vivienda y Suelo (EMVS – Madrid Municipal Housing Developers Council)
In 2007 EMVS (the Madrid Municipal Housing Developers Council) launched an architectural competition to design 186 council flats for rentals in Carabanchel. The terms and conditions asked for the design of a traditional perimeter block development with a central courtyard.
At MEDIOMUNDO arquitectos we decided to modify the original terms and conditions due to the topographical characteristics of the plot. We proposed the construction of a continuous zigzaged housing block whose location and orientation were adapted to the steep slope of the plot with the aim to contribute to a permeable urban fabrics and put in place basic criteria of sustainable architecture.
In our proposal the built areas are threaded around interconnected garden-filled courtyards on the ground floor that open up onto the outside world. Apartments and covered galleries on the upper floors continue the sequence of irregular spaces overlooking large open courtyards.
In our proposal the apartment typology is organized in three zones: continuous rows: covered galleries, amenities and facilities, and living quarters that are priority oriented to the southeastern side of the apartments. The zigzag nature of the construction, whit the tree continuous zones, makes the consistent typology of the apartments function correctly allowing for coherent ventilation, sunlight, circulation and accesibility throughout the whole.