Vallecas 48 / Auriens Arquitectura

© Chirstine Barbs

Vallecas 48 was the winner of a contest organized by the EMVS of Madrid. It contains 41 residential units, 41 commercial and storage space, and 42 parking spaces. The study decided to group homes in a single building with an L-shaped plan. The result is two bodies that are joined, one flies over the other and the road below, while the other volume falls behind forming what the architects called a “game of volumes.”

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Architects: Auriens Arquitectura
Location: Madrid,
Medical Direction: Pablo Iglesias Maldonado
Associates: Enrique Pérez Romero, Cristóbal Díez Sánchez, Daniel Matías González
Collaborators: Álvaro Martínez Casado, Cristina Barbero Castillo, Darío Arévalo Torres, Diana Caballero Obregón, Edurne Armenteros Arza, Macarena Fontán Sánchez
Promoter: Municipal Company for Housing and land in Madrid (EMVS)
Construction: Oca
Project Area: 6,223.66 sqm
Renderings: Courtesy of
Photographs: Chirstine Barbs

© Chirstine Barbs

The separated volumes converge to create access to an interior courtyard .  The building organized itself around pockets of green areas and step zones.

Courtesy of Auriens Arquitectura

The facades are made of distinct holes, arranged randomly, giving the illusion of movement.

Courtesy of Auriens Arquitectura

Active and passive systems have been used in order to save energy, such as taking advantage of the building orientation improving its energy efficiency.

Courtesy of Auriens Arquitectura

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Cite: "Vallecas 48 / Auriens Arquitectura" 07 Dec 2010. ArchDaily. Accessed 30 May 2015. <>
  • godryk

    Reality strikes again! Look at the windows of both the project and the actual building. However, concerning Social Housing competitions in Madrid, local architects have to keep on budget…

  • Holcim Awards

    The screens in the renderings look much simpler and pure. They became a bit disappointing in reality. Otherwise a nice design.

    The Holcim Awards for Sustainable Construction.



  • Karlsoom

    Very good! Nice job!

  • Ricardo Alonso

    Se sale!. Excelent. Very good job. Paul Churches rules!!!