Madrid Social Housing
In a suburban Madrid neighborhood of conventional,
anonymous housing blocks, Morphosis devised a typology of porosity
to suit the social ideals of this project type.
As an alternative to towering blocks of faceless units, this project explores a radically different social model that integrates landscape and village topologies. By grafting properties commonly found in detached villas onto this low-income housing project the architects achieved a multi-family living complex with amenities such as loggias, green spaces, and domestically scaled massing that are not normally found in public housing in Spain.
The basic parti is an extruded "J": a low-rise "village" building, flanked by a tall, slender bar to the North and a lower multi-level bar building to the South.
A layer of landscape overlaid upon a facade composed of a series of open spaces and idiosyncratic punctures combine to break down the institutional nature of the public housing project.
Open spaces occur on three different scales: small, domestic
patios inside the individual residential units, mid-sized public
courtyards that punctuate the low residential structure, and the
large, communal, landscaped space, the paseo.
The landscaped lattice folds up vertically; like a carpet, plant growth covers the flat village and climbs up the taller buildings creating an idyllic refuge from the urban surroundings.
Facts about Madrid Social Housing
Project size: 22,200 grossm2
141 two-, three- and four-bedroom units
Eui Yeob Jeong
B+ DU Estudio de Arquitectura
Empresa Municipal de la Vivienda
City of Madrid
Last updated: December 19, 2013
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