Our proposal for the construction of social dwellings in Macael could be compared to the hands of a sculptor that “shapes” the mountain. The marble quarries have been coexisting with the town of Macael for centuries, thus the project refers to the many existing cavities in the hills of the city, structuring the space between the lower streets and the top of the hill, as a “quarry”.
Due to the great slope on the site, we divided the plot into three platforms at different levels (+620, +630 and +640), where we placed the main bodies of the housing complex. The archetype used for the dwellings is the “Andalusian house”, a house facing a green courtyard, with many views on the town. The underground parking frees the entire environment from traffic; pedestrian streets lead to outdoor public spaces that incorporate indigenous vegetation such as pines, olive trees and oleanders.