LocationZabalgana Hiribidea, 42, 01015 Vitoria-Gasteiz, Álava, Spain
Text description provided by the architects. Entailing the envisage of an architectural solution for the m-18 parcel lying on sector 1 of borinbizkarra neighborhood included on the currently in force vitoria-gasteiz’s general plan for urban planning, observing simultaneously the objectives outlined by the municipal urbanistic society –ensanche xxi- as the calling (contractor) entity. The plot has an area of 2.880 m2 (sq.m.), residential use, over which 84 government subsidized dwellings are to be materialized, developed into 8.820 m2 (sq.m.) of residential use and 900 m2 of commercial use.
Vitoria-gasteiz’s general plan for urban planning proposes for the m-18 parcel, a collective building composed of two blocks developed discontinuously in height, ground floor plus 6 levels and ground floor plus 9 levels, holding a total of 84 homes rectangularly disposed in 48 by 13 m area (plan view) each block, except overhangs, allowing a free design configuration. The garage spaces and the storage rooms are allocated in the basement. Commercial premises include a total area of 900 m2 and are situated on the ground floor distributed among the doorways or else on the annex buildings between the two main houses aligned to the zabalgana avenue. The typology of the construction corresponds to those of rectangular shaped blocks lined up with the adjacent main road, materialized in ground floor +6 and ground floor +9, comprised of 6 or 2 dwellings on each floor per block, amounting to 84 dwellings, 42 dwellings per building. At the same time, these buildings blend in as blocks with the façade facing zabalgana avenue ( north-southbound road) and the new east-west roadway.
Bearing in mind the premises stated on the general plan for the sector, both residential buildings are situated and developed according to the planning for the sector and parcel, although the section of the building where the commercial premises lie facing zabalgana avenue is interrupted leaving two openings on its ends thereupon achieving an unhindered and open view towards the free private area, the back access road and the parcel of educational facilities. The rectangular configuration of 48 by 13 m is preserved along with the evolution of the projected architectural construction on the partial sector plan.