Single family house in the outskirts of a big city. With TallerDe2 (Arantza Ozaeta and Alvaro Martin Fidalgo)
Madrid (Spain)/ 2017-18 (under construction)
Suburban ideals can be packed quite tightly in order to be combined with the advantages of city life, including access to mass transit and a dense network of services at a walking distance. “A suburban celebration!” builds on a diverse set of suburban imaginations—reaching from repurposed factory spaces to pool parties—and hybridizes their characteristic typologies for this small plot, as a prototype for a new form of development in the fringes of Madrid’s urban networks.
The house’s particular profile builds on those imaginaries while it provides a more compact response to suburban habitation than the detached houses surrounding the intervention, which systematically maximize the built envelope within the limits provided by the regulations (in an understanding of the house as a real estate operation). Rather than operating through stacking formally similar and programmatically disconnected floors, this house exploits the opportunities of different orientations, programmatic associations, and specific imaginations and allows for more complex patterns of appropriation. With that, it seeks to open the suburbs to the openness, complexities and hybridations characteristic of urban social articulations.
Ignacio G. Galán [igg – office for architecture] + SOFT architects / TallerDE2 (Arantza Ozaeta and Alvaro Martin Fidalgo).
Collaborators: Ana Herreros, Pablo Sainz del Río, Jorge Sedano.