The project developes a residential program of state subsidized housing in a building leveled in three sections in order to adapt it to the slope of the terrain. The location and the longitudinal dimension configure a peripheral urban building that responds in a distinctive way to the conditions of the environment. The orientation of the building supports the idea of contrast between the Northern closed exterior and the uneven and open to the South interior.
The housing units participate in this double orientation, with the bedrooms to the North and the daytime rooms towards the South, facing the garden space. The bathrooms ocupy a central position that allows a double circulation around them, as well as the extension of the lines of sight in the housing, giving a sensation of openess despite its reduced surface.
On the exterior the building presents a closed configuration that seeks a discreet integration within the immediate environment. These façades follow the regulated alignements and are configured from the repetition in series of the openings. The fencings are built with white bricks and the base on the ground floor is made of prefabricated concrete panels.
In the interior space the building is characterized by some uneven walls defined by a poligonal. The seen structure with concrete slabs and panels configures a middle space between the housing and the exterior in front of the daytime rooms. The fencings of these spaces and doorways are characterized by its finishing with black stony mono-coating. The different directives of the façade and the variable positions of the sliding aluminium panels give movement to the façade and a changing aspect throughout the day.
Location: Biescas street 15-29. Zaragoza, Spain.
Architects: Magén Arquitectos (Jaime Magén)
Developer: Sociedad Municipal Zaragoza Vivienda
Collaborators:Francisco J. Magén (architect); Fernando Bardavío, Felisa Sánchez, Miguel A. Romero, Adrián Zorraquino (quantity surveyor); José Sainz (structure)
Construction: Construcciones Galve y Gil
Photographs: Roland Halbe
Area: 8.397 m2
Budget: 4.211.718,90 €
IX Prize Aragon Institute of Architects about Accesibility 2006. First Prize Recent Building. 2006.
National Ideas Competition about present and future on Spanish Social Housing. Seleected. Constructed buildings in five last years. 2003.
2º prize in Ideas Competition, 2002.
“Bauwelt Preis 2007”. BAU2007. Trade Fair Munich. January 2007.
“XXII Prize Fernando García Mercadal”. Aragon Institute of Architects. June 2007.
“Improving the reality. Facts and projects”. Exhibition Hall SMRUZ. Zaragoza. October – December. 2003.
Zaragoza Trade Fair. October 2003. Stand Municipality of Zaragoza.
“140 Social Housing Competition “. Civic Centre Torrero. Zaragoza. March 2003.
Inhabit the Present, Ed. Ministerio de la Vivienda
Infodomus, Construcción Sostenible, nº 5
Z-Arquitectura, nº 2, Delegación de Zaragoza, COAA. 2003.