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  7. 63 Dwellings in Arkayate / Patxi Cortazar

63 Dwellings in Arkayate / Patxi Cortazar

  • 00:00 - 13 August, 2013
  • Translated by Lorena Quintana
63 Dwellings in Arkayate / Patxi Cortazar
63 Dwellings in Arkayate / Patxi Cortazar, © César San Millán
© César San Millán

© César San Millán © César San Millán © César San Millán © César San Millán + 24

  • Architects

  • Location

    Vitoria-Gasteiz, Álava, Spain
  • Project Architects

    Patxi Cortazar y José Manuel Simón
  • Technical Architects

    José Ramón Hurtado, Juan José Urcelay Juan Ramón Mazquiarán y Javier Guerrico
  • Client

  • Construction

    Nasipa S.L.
  • Project Area

    12192.0 m2
  • Project Year

  • Photography

    César San Millán
Attic Plan
Attic Plan

Text description provided by the architects. The planning proposes a parallelepiped oriented north-south on a rectangular plot, thereby enabling a double east-west orientation for all the dwellings, which are distributed over five staircases in three vestibules, with two dwellings per floor in each of them, except at the attic level where there is only one dwelling per floor, in order to obtain a large terrace for each.

© César San Millán
© César San Millán

The general criteria of the spatial distribution is to place the night-time spaces on the east facade, and the day-time spaces, living room and kitchen, on the west facade.

© César San Millán
© César San Millán

We propose dwellings with two and three bedrooms, all of them with two bathrooms, and at the attic level, apartments with a more open distribution and only one bathroom.

East Elevation
East Elevation

We design the outside of the building with two different cladding materials: exposed clinker bricks and prefabricated bricks. The skin of prefabricated bricks covers the facades from the first floor to the sixth, the attics are clad in clinker bricks. The openings are very regular, although this is not apparent on the east facade, where two colors of prefabricated brick are used in a disorderly play. The west facade, however, is proposed as a fragmented plane, with different colors of prefabricated brick in separated blocks, so that they appear as smaller buildings joined together, thus avoiding the excessively horizontal image of the volume on the main road.

Transversal Section
Transversal Section

We play with fragmented volumes on the two attic levels in order to achieve terraces with enough privacy. This finishes the form of the building with a very fractured top.

© César San Millán
© César San Millán

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Cite: "63 Dwellings in Arkayate / Patxi Cortazar" [Edificio de 63 Viviendas en Arkayate / Patxi Cortazar] 13 Aug 2013. ArchDaily. (Trans. Quintana, Lorena) Accessed . <> ISSN 0719-8884
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