20 SOCIAL HOUSING IN CONIL DE LA FRONTERA, CADIZ | JAVIER TERRADOS Estudio de Arquitectura
Can the interior corridors and small courtyards for light and ventilation transform into community gardens where kids can play?
The town of Conil de la Frontera still contains small community courtyards and streets (known as ‘corrales’ in Spanish) where the boundaries between public and private are blurred. Some of these interior streets have gates which are closed at night. The neighbors use them as an extension of their homes, even going so far as to furnish them.
Our proposal was based on retrieving these community spaces but, in our version, one stacked on top of another. The block is organized around these superimposed streets lit by imbricated courtyards, intensifying the deliberate ambiguity between public and private.
The layout of the homes is based on a 9 sqm with a gap at once of the corners corresponding to the courtyard. The structural arrangement is articulated in such a way that no pillars interfere in the interior of the homes. This permits maximum flexibility for rearranging the layout. As the bathrooms and kitchens are grouped into “towers” associated with the galleries, this reduces the length of the plan and means that only one down pipe per home is required.
- Spanish Institute of Architects COAS Honor Award 2015 – Best Built Project in Southern Spain outside Seville.
LOCATION: Cañada Honda. Conil de la Frontera, Cadiz, Spain.
SIZE: 26,382.34 GSF
PROGRAM: Residential, social housing and outdoor spaces.
JAVIER TERRADOS Estudio de Arquitectura