Social Housing La Maria

Collective Housing.
Seville (Spain).

this is the baKpak of the building

The site is located in an area north of the city annexed to the Roman wall, leaning against a road network of major importance in the scheme of city traffic, Ronda de Capuchinos – María Auxiliadora and the Carmona highway. This covers an area of ​​48,059 m2 and a building area of ​​1,638.65 m2 above ground. The PEP Trinity establishes three levels for this area and a fourth, recessed by 3 meters from the line of the façade. In addition, this plot is has a facade that can open holes to light and ventilate the rooms. These conditions make the fitting of the sixteen required homes a real “sudoku”.

The project proposes a block of three and four heights perforated by two courtyards each 4.52 x 5.40 meters in size. These courtyards are the fundamental elements that enable the premises we set ourselves as immutable, all the rooms light up and are aired-out naturally and allow cross ventilation in all of the housing units. These courtyards also are used to ventilate and illuminate the common areas with minimal impact of having achieved four housing units per floor with a single core vertical communication (elevator + stairs) for the entire building.

The façade made of white ceramic, is characterized by its cleanliness, its thermal performance and low maintenance requirements. The main facade consists of all even “balcony holes” that illuminate the façade. The main rooms with one hole, and two in the living rooms. The hole is designed to be “flared” to the south to improve orientation that is southeast to a more pure southern orientation. Each hole is a small balcony, in intermediate plants. Somehow this way of composing the facade and the street tries to reconcile an architecture that is extremely contemporary with certain typological and constricting traditions that have to do with the balcony: Small windows or a weight bearing wall.

Project: VPO La Maria.

Client: Emvisesa.

State: Restricted Competition.

Location: Seville (Spain)

Surface: 1640 m2

Architects: baKpak architects

Collaborators: Álvaro Navarro, Ignacio de la Peña