Monday, January 17, 2011

Calles and Altura - Streets in the air | FABRIC

Amsterdam based .FABRIC received an honorable mention for the submission “Calles and Altura (see the Smith Sons ‘Streets in the air ‘) in a design of Empresa Municipal de la Vivienda y Suelo Madrid. In this entry an intelligent organization of open space resulting in a bold sculpture. FABRIC appeared as the only international office among by the winners.

The solution is to introduce one floor of duplex apartments. Since duplexes are regarded as one floor it is possible to create a volume that formally consists of seven floors, stays within the height limitation, and has the capacity of containing 111 apartments. The result is an overcapacity of 12 apartments, i.e. extra space!

The biggest luxury architecture can offer residences in Puente de Vallecas is space. By shifting the floors of a conventional housing slab outwards large galleries are created. Subtracting the volume of 12 apartments at the ends of the volume creates spectacular space collective program. The alternating shifting of floors not only creates wide galleries, it also makes it possible to create an outside circulation. Spiralling along the building this circulation links the entire collective program.

The combination of small rational dwellings with wide collective galleries that link to collective program such as a water garden, a herbal garden, solarium, fitness and guestrooms result in new opportunities for living. Since all living areas are situated at the gallery side and all gallery facades open widely, residence will consider the circulation space partly as their out door space. 

This feeling will be emphasised by substituting the customary railing by a floor to sealing net that can support plants to grow. Furthermore the net will provide maximum contact with the surrounding area and thus invite people to use the galleries like streets in the air: sitting in the door opening, eating on the side walk.


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