Madrid Social Housing

by | 30. Jul 2012

Feature | Residential

morphosis_madrid_1.jpg
Photo: Roland Halbe

In a suburban Madrid neighborhood of conventional, anonymous housing blocks, Morphosis devised a typology of porosity to suit the social ideals of this project type.

As an alternative to towering blocks of faceless units, this project explores a radically different social model that integrates landscape and village topologies. By grafting properties commonly found in detached villas onto this low-income housing project the architects achieved a multi-family living complex with amenities such as loggias, green spaces, and domestically scaled massing that are not normally found in public housing in Spain.

The basic parti is an extruded “J”: a low-rise “village” building, flanked by a tall, slender bar to the North and a lower multi-level bar building to the South.

morphosis_madrid_2.jpg
Photo: Roland Halbe

morphosis_madrid_3.jpg
Photo: Roland Halbe

morphosis_madrid_4.jpg
Photo: Roland Halbe

A layer of landscape overlaid upon a facade composed of a series of open spaces and idiosyncratic punctures combine to break down the institutional nature of the public housing project.

morphosis_madrid_5.jpg
Photo: Roland Halbe

Open spaces occur on three different scales: small, domestic patios inside the individual residential units, mid-sized public courtyards that punctuate the low residential structure, and the large, communal, landscaped space, the paseo.

morphosis_madrid_6.jpg
Photo: Nic Lehoux

morphosis_madrid_7.jpg
Photo: Nic Lehoux

morphosis_madrid_8.jpg
Photo: Nic Lehoux

morphosis_madrid_9.jpg
Photo: Nic Lehoux

The landscaped lattice folds up vertically; like a carpet, plant growth covers the flat village and climbs up the taller buildings creating an idyllic refuge from the urban surroundings.

The paseo, shaded by trees and a vegetation-covered trellis, takes the place of a conventional interior lobby.

morphosis_madrid_10.jpg
Photo: Roland Halbe

morphosis_madrid_11.jpg
Photo: Roland Halbe

morphosis_madrid_12.jpg
Photo: Roland Halbe

The design brings open green space to a dense urban milieu. The idiosyncratic topology creates a community-oriented social fabric and challenges the prevalent urban social order.

morphosis_madrid_13.jpg
Drawing courtesy Morphosis
Plan

INFORMATION

CITYMadrid
COUNTRYSpain
CONSTRUCTION YEAR2007
SIZE22,200 grossm2
ARCHITECTPavel Getov
B+ DU Estudio De Arquitectura
LANDSCAPE ARCHITECTAna Luengo

CLIENT

CONTRACTOR