146 Social Housing in Usera, Madrid
Paredes Pedrosa Arquitectos 

146 Social Housing in Usera, Madrid

Paredes Pedrosa Arquitectos 

The project assesses the character that a housing scheme of this kind must have, and how it must relate to the urban landscape, to the park, and to the roads around it. The task is not just to comply with social housing requirements, but also to study the way of making the most of the planning capacity of the constructed volume for the benefit of the city.

The volumes start to unfold with two blocks which form two open public spaces, one facing west and the other one east. The continuous plane on which the complex rests shifts by means of ramps and is burrowed to become the common platform and give access to the blocks. The public spaces are chained with the buildings so that the linearity of the open block does not prevent the formation of small-scale, easy-maintenance spaces where the construction units are inserted, favoring different sight lines. Inside the apartments the day area permits cross ventilation and different combinations. The facade planes are constructed in large format precast concrete with aluminum cases for the roller blinds. In the rear facades, the concrete structure is exposed and edged with opaque and transparent glazing.

Arquitectos Architects

Ángela García de Paredes, Ignacio G. Pedrosa

Colaboradores Collaborators

Eva M. Neila, Silvia Colmenares, Pilar Barroso, Sonia Simón, Álvaro Rábano

Dirección de ejecución Execution manager

Luis Calvo

Estructura Structure

Alfonso G. Gaite GOGAITE, S.L.

Instalaciones Mechanical engineering


Contrata Contractor

Aldesa Construcciones S.A.

Promotor Developer

Empresa Municipal de la Vivienda. Ayuntamiento de Madrid

Superficie construida Floor area

22.460 m²

Presupuesto Budget

11.748.088 euros

Maqueta Model

Jorge Queipo

Fotos Photos

Luis Asín, Roland Halbe