enrique abascal arquitectos: social housing building at poligono aeropuerto
enrique abascal arquitectos: social housing building at poligono aeropuerto enrique abascal arquitectos: social housing building at poligono aeropuerto
mar 25, 2013

enrique abascal arquitectos: social housing building at poligono aeropuerto

‘social housing building’ at poligono aeropuerto, by enrique abascal arquitectos, seville, spainsoutheast view of the three volumes of the complex



a new typological condition achieves a system of interrelated spaces – developing a plot that organizes the social housing into three cores and galleries. developed by sevilla-based enrique abascal arquitectos, the dwellings only utilize the available resources found on-site. the ground floor is conceived of as a free plan with patio porches, access to a garage, storage and mailboxes. the level is distributed in three staircases that are integrated as a whole, in an atmosphere of subdued light – concentrated with a controlled lattice that permits efficient air flow. this atmosphere is extended at various levels of access through openings between floors.


the dwelling explores flexible conditions; the typology organizes the technical support, bathrooms and kitchen near the dividing wall, allowing providing a large space, parallel to the façade and free of obstacles. from a normative program, the project proposes to resolve new distributions suitable to adapt to new programs or ways of life. the construction method recognizes the necessary attributes of these kinds of buildings – it uses a color coating like an instrument of identity, and some traditional resources like celosias: it configures the use of light and shadow, the breeze control, recovering traditional energetic concepts, with passive control and active modern mechanisms.



southwest view

west facade

southeast and south views

the building and its terraces

entrance area to housing

private open space between the residential blocks

private open space of the building

the brick lattice cladding of the stairs from the open gallery

triple height spaces

building gallery




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  • it does look like a social housing

    ctan says:
  • Rojo Gulag. The entrance tells everyone – just ‘why you are here’.


    jimCan says:
  • Yep. It certainly does. Or relaxed detention facility.

    Ron Smith says:
  • These look like prison blocks, inside and out. someone took the brutalist aesthetic, and resilient finish a bit too far I think. Need to hire some artists to dress it up with murals pronto!

    idle_crane says:
  • looks like a prison also … ‘took all the trees … put up a parking lot’
    They may think that colour will excuse a lot … would like to see some interiors of the apartments? suspect that they can’t be that nice as the windows must be tiny.

    pete says:
  • What about getting an architect involved?

    Leeya says:
  • This is absolutely gorgeous! Love the color, love the texture, love the massing- even like the interior. I’m not clear what “social housing” is exactly. I am assuming it is basically low income housing. And if that is the case I am wondering how common people are going to feel about the sterile, antiseptic interiors. It strikes me that it harkens back to the old Bauhaus-Corbu disasters at worker housing- everyone loved them but the people who had to live there. Is this not the case here?
    It feels an awful lot like the brilliance of the “visionary” architect dictating to a populous they are not in tune with. It reminds me of what could be said isthe final word on Buckminster Fuller’s geodesic dome: Smart but not wise.

    james Martin says:

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