• LOCATION: Carmona. Sevilla
  • YEAR: 2003
  • IN ASSOCIATION WITH: Francisco Domouso
  • PHOTOGRAPHY: Ángel Baltanás

Plot of rectangular form, with facades to three streets and a set of terraced houses patios that close the block. It is located on the southwest edge of the Carmona city center, within the scope of the Detailed Study of the area.

The surface is flat, slightly inclined in a downward direction towards Vereda de la Fuente Street. The difference of the terrain between the ends of the facade line of the "A" street of the BRENES industrial estate is 1.72 m.

The building obeys to the typology of closed block of narrow dimensions. In this case the choice of the typology is intentional; it is about creating a private micro-space in front of a hostile and "de-urbanized" environment surrounded by industrial buildings. The number of floors (b + 2) will allow practically all the interior space to be sunlit.

All the floors are intended for residential use, avoiding the commercial plinth on the ground floor that the presence of premises or garage originates in this building type.

The pedestrian access to the interior of the block takes place by means of open entries in the four corners of the ground floor from which the staircases to the upper floors start. It is also planned a road access for emergency vehicles and conservation of the interior space.

The roof is flat, not passable, living, however, two areas for clotheslines common to all homes, paved and conditioned for that purpose. The generosity of these spaces, accompanied by the inclusion in their day in the Community Statutes of an article prohibiting the laying of clothes on interior and exterior facades, will enable the conservation and aesthetic maintenance of the building.

As in the Viennese "Hofes", saving the scales, it has been possible to introduce in the block a place destined to the common activities of its residents, meetings, parties, exhibitions, etc ..., open to the patio-block by large practicable windows that in case of need can extend the interior space. 

Regarding distribution, two types are clearly distinguished, a conventional one composed of three bedrooms, of which one of them can be incorporated into the living room and be used as a dining room, office, or any other use, kitchen, bathroom and living-dining room. The dwelling is articulated by a hall and a distributor corridor. We present another less conventional typology, located on the ground floor, with two bedrooms, in which the living-dining room forms a core into which all the rooms pour, unique to two atriums opened to the interior and exterior facades. Finally, there is also a "duplex" typology of four bedrooms, two of which may have multi-purpose uses due to their connection to the room at their level or higher. 

All the dwellings have at least two orientations and cross ventilation.