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Social Housing for Mine Workers / Zon-e Arquitectos

  • 00:00 - 31 July, 2011
Social Housing for Mine Workers / Zon-e Arquitectos
Social Housing for Mine Workers / Zon-e Arquitectos, © Ignacio Martinez and Jose Antonio Ruiz
© Ignacio Martinez and Jose Antonio Ruiz

© Ignacio Martinez and Jose Antonio Ruiz © Ignacio Martinez and Jose Antonio Ruiz © Ignacio Martinez and Jose Antonio Ruiz © Ignacio Martinez and Jose Antonio Ruiz +31

From the architect. The purpose of the project was to design and build state subsidized housing in Cerredo (Asturias), a mining town located in the very heart of the Cantabrian Mountains, where no residential construction had been made for over 25 years.

© Ignacio Martinez and Jose Antonio Ruiz
© Ignacio Martinez and Jose Antonio Ruiz

The project had two stages that materialized in two perpendicular buildings forming an L shape. In the first stage we undertook the biggest building, which faces the road that crosses the town.

Plans
Plans

The volumetric we propose has an angular shape. It is a geometry crystallized from some elementary laws that are given by the town-planning regulations. The formal result is something halfway between a petrified object, a mountain’s shape and a disturbing organism floating over the mountainside.

© Ignacio Martinez and Jose Antonio Ruiz
© Ignacio Martinez and Jose Antonio Ruiz

This “crystallographic” object has the same dark color as the local slate. Like a piece of coal, it absorbs almost all the light it gets and reflects a small amount of it, calmly showing us its rich geometry.

© Ignacio Martinez and Jose Antonio Ruiz
© Ignacio Martinez and Jose Antonio Ruiz

The building’s unity contrasts with the individuality of each of the 15 apartments that show through some galleries in the facade. These are cubes which drill the volume using a herringbone pattern and work as heat and light exchangers.

Façades
Façades

Each of the apartments is different in size, floor plan distribution, location of its gallery and in its roof’s configuration. All of them enjoy cross ventilation and breathtaking views of Asturias’ craggy landscape.

The project’s nature as object is emphasized by the way the ground floor is approached: this has been set back along its perimeter, reinforcing the idea of a “floating body.”

© Ignacio Martinez and Jose Antonio Ruiz
© Ignacio Martinez and Jose Antonio Ruiz
Location to be used only as a reference. It could indicate city/country but not exact address. Cite: "Social Housing for Mine Workers / Zon-e Arquitectos" 31 Jul 2011. ArchDaily. Accessed . <http://www.archdaily.com/153189/social-housing-for-mine-workers-zon-e-arquitectos/>
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Maria Ganarini · August 20, 2012

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Esteban Paredes · January 08, 2012

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marshalhq hongquoc · November 05, 2011

how you solved a very good shape. I love it. I think, in the future, there will be many such works,

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Anon · August 01, 2011

Why would a Miner ever want to live in a place that is so much like where they work? While Intersting, the building looks kind of like a cave... Or like they described, a rock of some sort.... Would a miner really want to go back home to a place that is a giant rock or cave???? Seems depressing to me...

Chris · August 01, 2011 01:19 PM

I agree about the exterior; somebody with a bitterly ironic sense of humor must have decided on the coal black exterior treatment.

Apart from that there is much I like about it though, I'd definitely live in it.

ariana roberts · August 01, 2011

good social housing!

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