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Foreign Office Architects. Social Housing in Carabanchel. Madrid

March 09, 2009

Foreign Office Architects. Social Housing in Carabanchel. Madrid

A compact and homogenous volume concentrates the whole of the housing units on the west side of the lot, freeing up the rest of the surface as a back garden for residents. The project faces with the trend of identifying each inhabitant with his/her house. This school has given rise to the construction of buildings where the façade of each housing unit is different from the others and we owe to it a few cosmetic or volumetrical fantasies of doubtful quality.

On the contrary, here a neutral bamboo skin wraps around the houses, which face two sides, and is supported by a green base. On visiting, one cannot avoid thinking of the "soft and hairy architecture" that Dalí threatened Le Corbusier with, as he "seemed to swallow toads and snakes."

Photos taken by Javier Arpa.















 


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