dosmasunoarquitectos - Ignacio Borrego, Néstor Montenegro y Lina Toro. Social housing in Colmenar. Colmenar Viejo. Madrid
June 24, 2010
It is rare to find a city in Spain which has not undergone some sort of urban planning project in the past few years. The pattern is almost always the same: a uniform and single function grid next to the old part of the city, with rows of buildings for housing. In the case of Colmenar, its nearness to Madrid makes the recipe even more succulent. Out of respect conditioning topographical elements, the dosmasuno project introduces an exception in the landscape as it sets a blanket of houses over the slope. Special emphasis has been placed on the independence of each unit in regards to the adjacent housing units, introducing patios and reducing contact among residents to the day areas.