Barajas Social Housing Blocks / EMBT

Barajas Social Housing Blocks / EMBT - Windows, Facade, Cityscape
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  • Project Director: Elena Rocchi, Salvador Gilabert Sanz
  • Project And Construction Manager: Salvador Gilabert Sanz
  • Models: John Lee Miralles Tagliabue EMBT, Gabrielle Rotelli, Morton Engel, Gitte Kjaer
  • Consultants Installations: Josep Massachs, Projecte i Solucions Tècniques Girona SL.
  • Telecommunications: Carlos Fernández Loeches, Colegio de Ingenieros de Telecomunicaciones (C.O.I.T).
  • Quantity Surveyor: Beatriz Llamas Cepedano
  • Client: EMVS Empresa Municipal de Vivienda y Suelo
  • Budget: 9.600.000 €
  • Program: 120 dwellings, 127 parking spaces, 120 storage rooms and 2 shops
  • Architect In Charge: Benedetta Tagliabue
  • Design Team: Alex Ruiz, Susana Oses, Cesar Trujillo, Marta Ruiz Nieto, Jordi Gorbe Neira, Valentina Antinucci, Laura Weiss, Jack O’Kelly, Cristián Ferrera, Vaiva Simoliunaite, Jesús Baranda, Carls Ernesto Lince, Carolina Carvalho, Ramón Gómez, Pedro Rodríguez Gómez Limón, Marco Coletti.
  • City: Madrid
  • Country: Spain
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Barajas Social Housing Blocks / EMBT - Windows, Facade
© Roland Halbe

Text description provided by the architects. The apartment building, located in Barajas in the group of blocks under the management of the new extension of Barajas, was generated mainly at first to catch the light, wind and outdoor life.

Barajas Social Housing Blocks / EMBT - Windows, Facade
© Roland Halbe

Based on the urban zoning for this block, the building is conceived as a game where the apartments act as blocks on top of five floor slabs creating interspersed terraces and open spaces.

First Floor Plan

The building is organized around open corridors of the old “corralas”. This condition creates interrelation between neighbors and new living spaces. The apartments have a human character which comes from its architectonic qualities and new common spaces: the hallways, terraces and central interior zone.

Barajas Social Housing Blocks / EMBT - Windows, Facade
© Roland Halbe

The facade is defined by the identity and uniqueness of each housing unit. Each was conceived as "a Box Top¨, made ​​with only two precast concrete slabs, providing time saving, fast and easy installation. A hybrid architecture that emerges from the combination of simple pieces which create a complex result: single range of different colors and materials generated various possibilities.

Precast Details

Pre-fabricated elements of the facade provide an economy of construction by reducing cost and waste and strengthening the concepts of ecology and sustainability of the building.

Barajas Social Housing Blocks / EMBT - Windows, Facade
© Roland Halbe

Thermal comfort and lighting is gained through the naturally favorable orientation of the facade to the south and east, and the openings opposite the main side of the housing (providing cross ventilation). This solution saves the costs of artificial air conditioning throughout much of the year.

Public Space, Ground Floor Plan

The public square within the block is derived from the representative elements of culture in Madrid. Derived from conceptual collage, the result is a warm and collected space. The materials remain concrete and cobble, which are softened by green areas, areas of rest and children's spaces.

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Address:Barajas, Madrid, Spain

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Cite: "Barajas Social Housing Blocks / EMBT" 25 Feb 2014. ArchDaily. Accessed . <> ISSN 0719-8884

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