Esplugues de Llobregat, Barcelona. Spain

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17 Social Housing flats in Esplugues de Llobregat

Imanol Montero y Xavier Gràcia

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This residential complex reflects an intelligent and restrained approach to a project, with limiting conditions and an environment that complicated a correct and ultimately successful adaptation into its urban landscape.
The site on which this social housing complex was built is located in a sector of Esplugues de Llobregat, near the city of Barcelona, whose northern façade gives on to the B-23 motorway and the southern one on to Pep Ventura Street.
The final proposal of the project, following the guidelines established by sector’s town planning regulations, is aligned in terms of height as well as façade geometry with an existing neighbouring building.
The typologies planned for the building complex, with a total of 17 dwellings, allow for them all to enjoy crossed ventilation and guarantee direct sunlight in their living rooms during the winter solstice.
Vertical communication of the building is via a vertical nucleus made up of a staircase and adapted lift connecting every floor, including the basement and five upper floors, distributed around the presence of three flats per floor.
The homes are arranged so that their inner distribution is coherent with the orientation of the two façades, achieving fully crossed ventilation of the elements making up the dwelling. Thus the northern façade houses most of the bedrooms and kitchens close to the building’s general communications nucleus, while the southern façade, which gives on to the communal zone, contains the building’s living rooms and terraces.
The southern façade features linear and continuous terraces, with adjustable sliding aluminium shutters. For the northern façade, given that the regulations did not permit terraces and the neighbouring façades dictated the compositional criteria, an arrangement of continuous openings was created, incorporating ventilation grates and using the same cladding material as the neighbouring building.

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Localización Location: Esplugues de Llobregat., Barcelona. Spain. Arquitectos Architects: Imanol Montero y Xavier Gràcia (Montero-Gràcia arquitectes). Arquitecto Técnico Technical Architect: Jaume Casas (Rossell-Giner i associats S.L.). Arquitectos colaboradores Collaborating architects: Esther Catalán. Estructuras Structures: Bernuz-Fernandez, arquitectes S.L. Instalaciones Installations: Ofingar, Ingenieros S.L. Promotor Developer: Institut Metropolità de Promoció de Sòl i Gestió Patrimonial (IMPSOL). Constructora General Contractor: Dragados, S.A. Ejecución Completion: 2015. Superficie construida Built area: 1.600,00m2. Fotografía Photography: Jordi Surroca.
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