A residential block of 242 new social housing dwellings by ACXT Architects has been completed in Salburúa, not far from Madrid.
The building comprises a 21-storey tower and a continuous u-shaped block with a varying height of between four and seven floors. Additionally there are nine retail units and two underground levels of parking.
The dwellings are double fronted, the bedrooms being on the façade that looks over the garden patio, whilst the kitchen and living areas face the street. Thus, the public area of the house is linked with its urban equivalent, and the more private one destined for rest, is linked with the inner courtyard as a space of peace and quiet.
Given the view from the rest of the towers of the roof of the lowest block of the building, an important effort was made to treat its appearance with care, considering it, without a doubt, as the building’s fifth façade. For that purpose, all buildings services are grouped around the central axis of the building and are ventilated through a continuous ventilation grille, thus avoiding the presence of rooftop typical chimneys.