Social Housing Block

Location. Trinidad Perchel. Malaga, Spain
Collaborators. Cesar Patin Lapausa
Date. 2004

This project site is located in a very degraded neighbourhood at Malaga city centre. Specifically, the plot contains a series of preexisting pieces that needed to be kept, including a remaining archaeological site at the underground. Looking through a Rossi´s perspective, the site was strongly suggesting specific design gestures already that the design follow-up. The strategy of the building is to generate a very neutral slim strip sewing all these different pieces, very neutral, coming from a common language. This language is based on a system of “u” shaped prefab concrete pieces in the facade. The interior of the “u” is the storage system of the house, as if the house closets with the clothes of the people were creating a layer to keep the warmth of the house. Like this obsession of Joseph Beuys of enveloping the space with a cloth that keeps the warmth while enhancing the tactility of the private space. The strip is basically a succession of various housing units in a “chorizo” stripe that can be cut depending on the rooms needed. Towards the outside the proposal has a very neutral language in the facade following a form that links all these existing pieces, folding itself to generate the entrance to the block and the access to the open archaeological remains.