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Madrid Social Housing
Morphosis

October 13, 2008 /

Madrid, Spain

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Photo: Roland Halbe

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

The paseo, shaded by trees and a vegetation-covered trellis, takes the place of a conventional interior lobby.

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The design brings open green space to a dense urban milieu. The idiosyncratic topology creates a community-oriented social fabric and challenges the prevalent urban social order.

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Drawing courtesy Morphosis
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Facts about Madrid Social Housing

Site area:

1.05 ha
Project size: 22,200 grossm2
141 two-, three- and four-bedroom units

Architects:
Morphosis

Project Manager:

Paul Gonzales

Project Architect:

Pavel Getov

Project Team:

Simon Demeuese
Chris Warren

Project Assistants:

Ed Hatcher
Eui Yeob Jeong
Joachim Reiter
Kurt West
 
Associate Architect:
B+ DU Estudio de Arquitectura

Principal:

Leon Benacerraf
Begoña Diaz-Urgorri

Project Manager:

Alicia Berenguer

Project Team:

Borja Herrero
Begoña Iglesias
Rocio Olano
Agustin Sanchez
Esther Vidal

Project Assistants:

Delfin Alvarez
Jaime Astor
Sergio Calvo
Javier Castillo
Elena Diaz
Monica Hernandez

Structural Engineer:

Carlos Pintor
Roberto Vargas

Surveyor:

Gerardo Berrocal
Borja Herrero

Landscape Architect:

Ana Luengo

Facilities:

Rafael Urculo

General Contractor: 

UICESA

Photographed by Roland Halbe and Nic Lehoux

Client:

Empresa Municipal de la Vivienda
City of Madrid

Last updated: December 19, 2013

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