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  7. 255 Dwellings in Villanueva de la Cañada / Aranguren & Gallegos Arquitectos

255 Dwellings in Villanueva de la Cañada / Aranguren & Gallegos Arquitectos

  • 01:00 - 9 November, 2013
  • Translated by Lorena Quintana
255 Dwellings in Villanueva de la Cañada / Aranguren & Gallegos Arquitectos
255 Dwellings in Villanueva de la Cañada / Aranguren & Gallegos Arquitectos, © Hisao Suzuki
© Hisao Suzuki

© Hisao Suzuki © Carlos Lozano Courtesy of Aranguren & Gallegos Arquitectos Courtesy of Aranguren & Gallegos Arquitectos + 23

  • Architects

  • Location

    Avenida de La Rioja, 30, 28691 Villanueva de la Cañada, Madrid, Spain
  • Project Architects

    María José Aranguren López, José Gonzalez Gallegos)
  • Technical Architect

    Jacobo Arenal Frías
  • Project Area

    34178.0 m2
  • Project Year

  • Photography

    Hisao Suzuki, Carlos Lozano
  • Collaborators

    Arturo Alberquilla Rodríguez, Pablo Aranguren López, Simón Francés Martínez, Blanca Juanes Juanes, Roberto Ortiz de Landazuri Monagas, José Antonio Rodriguez Casas
  • Facilities

    Valladares Ingenieria
  • Construction

  • Client

  • Budget

    14.217.865,01 EUROS
  • Structures

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© Hisao Suzuki
© Hisao Suzuki

We aim to break the monolithic character of the large volume allowed, cutting up the city block into four swastika-shaped blocks, perfectly interlocked through large glass colonnades that join them at their ends. These colonnades are linked to the four cores with their respective entrances, on the four corners of the block.

The volumes of the colonnades, along with the elevators and stairs on the roof, rise one floor above the height allowances, producing a very sharp movement in the attics.

© Hisao Suzuki
© Hisao Suzuki

The material of these lighter volumes is differentiated with glass and metal, as opposed to the volumes containing dwellings, built with light gray precast concrete.

The windows, due to the multiple possibilities of orientation, are set in two formats, one square of 1.80 x 1.80 m for large living rooms and bedrooms, and a 0.90 x 1.80 m for small bedrooms.

© Hisao Suzuki
© Hisao Suzuki

All window openings have a metal frame projecting 35 cm from the facade, which holds one or two sliding panels of slats. These produce shade in front of the glass, and also mobility in elevation, providing lightness and movement to the large volume. This also helps to organize the irregular sequence of window openings arising from the diversity and size of rooms they serve and which prevents a modular serialization of the windows.

© Hisao Suzuki
© Hisao Suzuki

On 3rd street and on the pedestrian street, on the ground and first floors, we develop a duplex typology with direct access from the street and from the garage, through a private courtyard. These dwellings produce the arcade base effect intended for the project.

The base of the building (ground and first floors) is constructed with a dark slate veneer that cuts the vertical effect of 7 floors, in favor of a certain horizontality.

Courtesy of Aranguren & Gallegos Arquitectos
Courtesy of Aranguren & Gallegos Arquitectos

Dwelling description

As this is a wide building (14.50 m) and the program consists of small dwellings, we are forced to propose houses with a single orientation, towards the street or the courtyard.

The larger dwellings, like the duplex on ground and first floors, and the attics, have a double orientation.

With only four cores, we design the access to 182 dwellings. The cores are large and well lit, since the glass colonnades are connected to the landings of the elevators and the stairs.


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Cite: "255 Dwellings in Villanueva de la Cañada / Aranguren & Gallegos Arquitectos" [255 Viviendas en Villanueva de la Cañada / Aranguren & Gallegos Arquitectos] 09 Nov 2013. ArchDaily. (Trans. Quintana, Lorena) Accessed . <> ISSN 0719-8884
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