aguilera guerrero arquitectos: social housing building in tarragona
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nov 27, 2012
aguilera guerrero arquitectos: social housing building in tarragona


‘social housing building’ by aguilera/guerrero arquitectos, tarragona, catalonia, spain
image © pepo segura
all images courtesy of aguilera/guerrero arquitectos

 

 

in tarragona, within the catalonia region of spain, stands the ’social housing building’ by spanish firm aguilera/guerrero arquitectos. resting upon an irregularly-shaped plot, the building’s quadrilateral and curved footprint is a response to its boundaries. stairs along the building navigate the extreme changes in topography along its small footprint. interacting with the existing context encompassing the site, street level retail fronts the pedestrian areas. a L-shaped elevational profile places shops within its base at street level. oriented towards the view, three levels of balconies within each of the two stacked volumes opens along different elevations to offer the best vantage points for inhabitants. internal spaces such as the living room, bedroom and bathroom are fixed sizes between the units. 

 

the white exterior is either framed or covered with a bold red screen to open to the views or offer privacy. the shell acts as a ventilated double facade which responds to the hot and dry climate. vertically striated metal panels offer optical effects as well as a waterproof protection from weather. 

 

 


steps navigate the steep site changes
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street level shops address the street
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a facade of balconies open to the view
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textured metal panel elevation
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double facade
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rear side of building
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floor plan / level 0

 

 


floor plan / level 1

 

 


floor plan / level 2

 

 


floor plan / level 3.5

 

 


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site plan

 

 


site analysis

 

 


sketch

 

 

project info:

 

 

location: tarragona _ catalonia (spain)
year: 2009
architects: aguilera/guerrero architects
design team: anton armengol tua
estate developer: servei municipal de l’habitatge i actuacions urbanes s.a.
contractor: gulinves s.l.
area: 1.507,00 m2
photographs: pepo segura

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