Parla, Madrid / by Gimeno Guitart


Two parallel buildings enclose a green space within where all the housing units look into. This green area is visually connected with the street, and is perceived as a quiet oasis, thus complementing the housing program and promoting neighbors interaction. Opposed to the stone-like appearance of the outer façades, a softer treatment is developed for the façades that look onto the green area. The use of translucent undulated polycarbonate panels produces reflections that multiply the greenery around The units are organized in stripes that allow the serving spaces to step back from the main façade. A long terrace runs along the whole length of each unit, thus extending the domestic space beyond the house and working as a filter through which the house connects with the outside.