12 towers
We propose an ambiguous project, with an urban vocation. In contrast to the great works of the urban planning programs in the suburbs, we go back to the scale and density of the historical center.
How many doorways do you see in a ten minute walk in the urban planning program in the Vallecas Extension compared to the number you see in the same period of time in the historical center of Madrid?
Perhaps 5 compared to 50.

A double block, half way between the closed block in the suburbs and the closed block in the historical city.
We are interested in fragmentation and compactness, two terms which are primarily opposed but compatible.
A compact project formed by different parts
An unitary closed block which is divided into small towers

A project that is seeking its position as it changes in height, from the fragmentation of the ground floor to the compactness of the first and second floors, dissolving into independent pieces on the upper floors.
A dialogue between two systems, the collective and the individual. Between the massive, collective system of the lower floors and the ‘single-family unit’ towers, resting on them.
Published on: 
2012
Architecture
  • We propose an ambiguous project, with an urban vocation. In contrast to the great works of the urban planning programs in the suburbs, we go back to the scale and density of the historical center.

    How many doorways do you see in a ten minute walk in the urban planning program in the Vallecas Extension compared to the number you see in the same period of time in the historical center of Madrid?
    Perhaps 5 compared to 50.

    A double block, half way between the closed block in the suburbs and the closed block in the historical city.

    We are interested in fragmentation and compactness, two terms which are primarily opposed but compatible.

    A compact project formed by different parts

    An unitary closed block which is divided into small towers

    A project that is seeking its position as it changes in height, from the fragmentation of the ground floor to the compactness of the first and second floors, dissolving into independent pieces on the upper floors.

    A dialogue between two systems, the collective and the individual. Between the massive, collective system of the lower floors and the ‘single-family unit’ towers, resting on them.
  • Company / Firm Name: nodo17-architects/ Manuel Pérez Romero + BUNCH (Sara de la Mata)

    Country: Spain

    Project Name: 12 TOWERS IN VALLECAS

    Location of Site: Ensanche de Vallecas, Madrid. Spain

    Client: FERCABER/ IVIMA (housing institute of Madrid)

    Design Team: Birga Wingenfeld
    Michael Moradillos
    Félix Toledo Lerín

    Project Type: Collective Housing

    Contractor/s: FERCABER (Pablo Antonio Rodríguez)

    Site Area:
    12 TORRES EN VALLECAS- 174 viviendas de promoción publica para jóvenes y mayores en régimen de alquiler.

    Date of completion: BUILT/ 2008

    FOREMAN BUILDER: Vicente Rubio

    STRUCTURE: Joaquín Antuña + JOFEMAR

    INSTALATIONS: Pérez Barja.

    Photographs: Amparo Garrido