Our proposal takes advantage of the irregular geometry and complicated topography of the site to direct all the housing units to the most advantageous orientation. The housing complex in made up of two housing types. A compact block which consists of four floor plans made up of two staircases with two housing units per floor is placed on the high side of the site, Mare de Deu del Coll street. On the low side of the site, Rubens street, four single-family row houses adapt the project to the topography.
Taking advantage of the significant slope difference between both sides of the site, we placed two levels of underground parking under the linear block of Mare de Deu del Coll. This allowed us to minimize the amount of excavation and create private patios for the single-family row houses. Due to the difference in slope, the single-family row houses are placed below the ground floor of the liner block, allowing all the housing units in the multifamily housing block to have undisturbed views of the landscape. The communal swimming pool is placed on the rooftop garden of the highest block to enjoy the sun and privacy from neighboring buildings.
The proposal organizes a whole city block composed of two plots into a single residential complex formed by an L-shaped building aligned with the streets and an isolated square block building. In the space between the two buildings we placed a communal garden with swimming pool and several private gardens for the units on the ground floor. The independent accesses, which do not cross the pool area, to each staircase of the complex guarantees the privacy of the landscaped spaces. The square block is accessed independently and directly from Can Bellet Avenue. The access ramp to the two underground parking levels is placed in the space between both blocks. Both building volumes are composed of a ground floor and four floor plans. The L shaped building has four staircases with two housing units per floor plan and a corner staircase with three units per floor. The square building has a central access patio with a single circular staircase that gives access to four units per floor. The patio is open to the sky and communicates all floors. All the housing units have cross ventilation and large terraces, and the units on the fourth floor have access to private rooftop terraces.
The brickwork facades have a distinct bond and joint system to enhance the horizontality of the project.
The architectural volumes on the two plots which make up this city block are arranged as a single residential complex formed by a linear block building aligned to the Benet Cortada pedestrian axis of the neighborhood and two isolated square buildings. The space freed up by the volumes is occupied by the private gardens of the ground floor units and the communal garden and swimming pool.
The comercial spaces and vestibules to the housing units are arranged on the ground floor of the linear building which is laid out along the pedestrian and commercial axis of the neighborhood. This block is organized into three main staircases with two housing units per floor.
The pool and garden areas are located on an intermediate level which helps adjust the project to the sloping site. An accessible ramp and stair give access to all the open spaces of the housing complex. The access ramp to the underground parking, common to all three building blocks, is also located in the free space between buildings.
The two square buildings each have a central access patio with a singular circular staircase that gives access to the four units on each floor. The patio is open to the sky and communicates all floors. All the housing units have cross ventilation and large terraces, and the units on the fourth floor have access to private rooftop terraces.
The facades are designed with ceramic brickwork, placed with flush joints and using mortar of the same color as the brick reinforce the reading of the built volumes as a single homogeneous textured surface.