Collaborators : Cecile Gayraud, Oana Radu
3D Images : inSpace/Marc Chouraqui
Client : Office Public de l’Habitat de Valence
Programme : 70 logements sociaux
Surface : 5792m²
Budget : 5.8 million HT
Phase : Competition, Second Prize
The construction of 70 housing units on the site bounded by Rue Brunet and Rue Pont du Gât and Rue Sévigné in Valencia is part of the relocation plan for residents affected by the demolitions in the Upper Valencia area. The project offers a threefold opportunity: to integrate the multi-cultural society and strengthen the dynamism of this suburb, making this project an architectural element for enhancing the neighborhood, and potentially a symbol of modern architecture for the entire city; enabling future residents create links in the neighborhood.
The implementation of the scheme of 70 units maintains the existing alignment of its suburban location. Thus the project is presented as a series of profiled façades which address the streets bounding the site. The structure of the buildings gives rise to four distinct elements – a platform and three buildings of varied height.
The size of the three buildings at R+5 is sympathetic to the scale of its surrounding built environment in terms of both height and depth. The garden at the centre of the site follows the natural contours of the site sloping to the south. The ground floor is raised above the level of the road on a public timber platform which becomes a linking element for the three buildings and also provides sheltered parking underneath.
The alignment and chamfered corners typical of the suburbs to the west of Valencia are maintained in the form of these buildings.. The chamfered corners maximize the admission of light to the garden and the apartments and signify the entrances to the site.
The depth of the individual blocks increase following the oblique geometry of the site and optimises the space to accommodate units of different sizes.