vertical terraces
We find ourselves surrounded by a low density environment formed by single-family houses and a system of five-story blocks closing the main avenue.

The plot is located in the collective housing system on the main avenue. But we are interested in certain elements of the terraced single-family housing system.

INTERESTS
1. The house + the free space of the plot.
2. The possibilities of growth deriving from this, as long as we do not run out of buildable area.

STRATEGY
1. Piling up the terraced houses.
2. Dividing the houses in two parts:
a) built space 60 m2
b) free space or plot 60 m2
3. The opened and preset system of growth on the plot. You decide what you need.
4. A façade that can be rolled up which arranges all the movements system in the different types of houses.
It has two functions; the image of domestic scale through the serigraphy with floral motifs, and the protection against sun and cold.
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2012
Architecture
  • We find ourselves surrounded by a lowdensity environment formed by single-family houses and a system of five-storyblocks closing the main avenue.

    The plot is located in the collectivehousing system on the main avenue. But we are interested in certain elements ofthe terraced single-family housing system.

    INTERESTS
    1. The house + the free space of the plot.
    2. The possibilities of growth derivingfrom this, as long as we do not run out of buildable area.

    STRATEGY
    1. Piling up the terraced houses.
    2. Dividing the houses in two parts:
    a) built space 60 m2
    b) free space or plot 60 m2
    3. The opened and preset system of growthon the plot. You decide what you need.
    4. A façade that can be rolled up which arranges all themovements system in the different types of houses.
    It has two functions; the image ofdomestic scale through the serigraphy with floral motifs, and the protectionagainst sun and cold.

    After being tenants for some years, theybuy a terraced house.
    Vertical, with a roll up façade and huge possibilities.
    It is their chance, an affordable housefor their earnings, but with plenty of future possibilities.

    STAGE 1.02- 14 MONTHS LATER
    Their relationship consolidates and theydecide to take it a step further.
    To extend the house with an extra room forthe coming baby.
    They decide to built 15 m2, keeping a free spaceof 40 m2.

    STAGE 2.03- 32 MONTHS LATER
    Juan wants to spend more time with thebaby and decides to build a studio so he can work from home as web pagedesigner.
    They acquire another 12 m2, making a total of 27 m2 built surface andkeeping 28 m2of free space.

    STAGE 3.03- 48 MONTHS LATER
    The office grows too much and Juan decidesto look for another place to work, while maintaining a small area for workingat home.
    They regain part of the garden.
    They eliminate 12 m2, having a total of 27 m2 of built surface andkeeping 28 m2of free space.

    STAGE 4.03- …

    THE ROLL UP FAÇADE
    ‘Grandma’s curtains’
    Great floral curtains envelop the exteriorof the building.

    Big flowers which draw an outlining movementand recover the most domestic item in the house, ‘Grandma’s curtains’, as anelement of the urban image.

    There are different types of flowers andeach person can choose the one they like most.