Text description provided by the architects. We propose dwellings with a minimum depth to achieve the largest interior courtyard possible, thereby obtaining natural cross ventilation for the dwellings, and in turn, to be able to design with a clear distribution in the chamfer.
Only the service areas overlook this common interior space. Access to all the dwellings is concentrated through gateways with a single vertical core, which is accessible on the ground floor at the highest level, ie, through Progrés street. In this way the interior courtyard, with good solar orientation, can be a community space for users of these homes on the outskirts of Torello. Parking in the basement is accessed through the lowest level of the Pirineus Avenue, and is stepped to excavate the minimum necessary.
The building, 9.50 m deep, yields dwellings with long facades facing east and west, where all the bedrooms and living rooms are located. In cases where the building regulation allows, continuous balconies are proposed with sliding shutter blinds.
All homes are designed with interior practicability, and the project has an adapted route linking the street with each home. All vertical elements with building facilities are concentrated at the boundary between dwellings, with corridors for easy maintenance and repairs.
The homes meet all points of the Sustainable Construction Program of the Generalitat de Catalunya (Decret 157/2002), especially with regard to the installation of solar collection panels for DHW, means to promote energy saving and systems with consumption reduction and water reuse.