• Madrid Urban Living Environment

    The new economic conditions and housing demographics of Madrid require shared living facilities and a diversified mix of social and free market housing. The urban strategy of the project is to keep the site open and permeable at the pedestrian level for the public. The new building is a simple bar building typology that rests above the roofs of the existing historic palace; anchoring its vertical circulation into the existing buildings and floating above the courtyard. The environmental performance driven proposal provides improved privacy towards the flats, better views, higher cross ventilation performance, and reduced floor area use for circulation and access. The corridor as a transitional space has benefits in terms of comfort during the winter when it is shifted inside the building as an unheated passive space and does not have a significant impact onto the energy consumption of the individual flats. (AA School of Architecture)