8 Houses y 3 Patios

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EIGHT DWELLINGS BETWEEN PARTY WALLS (SOCIAL HOUSING) // Santa Lucía de Tirajana, 2007

The inscribed houses, with their small boundaries, are thought and built as a microcosm. The term inscribed, borrowed from geometry, induced us to find new qualities. The confinements of the irregular and broken limits of party walls, far from being perceived as a negative quality, it highlights forms and bodies. It confers them the quality of limitless and, as a consequence, it makes them infinitely manipulable in the interior. Controlled spaces where container and contained elements initiate a dialectic relationship, which create infinite sequential border spaces. These articulate a route that gently discovers three patios that filter natural light, dyeing it with shades of blue, ocher and green. Almost monochrome atmospheres. The diagonal relations between the common spaces frame cuts and fragments of the sky and are naturally ventilated and brushed with natural light.

Every element plays a significant role. From the street to the deepest stay, one circulates along vestibules, patios, corridors, footbridges and slots of light. Telescopic houses, inscribed one on each other. We find a dialogue to formalize the tensions found: between lines and thickness (those offered by the mismatch of alignments and party walls); and between inner glances and outer tangencies. Thus, a vertical sequence of broken planes is drawn up, where light slides and shadows become more expressive throughout the day. We turn the only façade into a changing game. Simple origami, fold, unfold, that speaks thickness. Users, according to their needs or customs, will configure the image to the street within the possibilities of the proposed game.

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