Utiel, Valencia


Competition, 1st Prize

Social Housing
On hold
9.850 m²

The Plot

The U shape lots 3.1, 3.2 and 3.3, are located in the south of the Celadilla district of Utiel, next to the Madrid-Valencia rail line. Our design proposes a compact rectangular layout, allowing us to dedicate the remaining land to a plaza, a meeting point connecting Celadilla and the center of Utiel.

The Solution

Because of the elongated site of nearly 16 meters depth, we designed long and narrow housing units in order to provide double orientation, an optimal condition for natural lighting and ventilation. Access to the housing units is carried out through exterior footbridges located on the northeast façade; in this way, all the living rooms face southwest and the bedrooms northeast. There are 8 different housing types including 1 and 2 bedroom apartments and 3 and 4 bedroom duplexes.


The materials

Regarding the building materials, the façades respond to the site’s exposure and include elements and textures according to energetic efficiency rules; projected windows with adjustable blinds towards the plaza (southwest) and footbridges with microperforated metallic sheets towards the train tracks (northeast), that provide the building with a varied character.