Multi-family house in the outskirts of Madrid. With TallerDe2 (Arantza Ozaeta and Alvaro Martin Fidalgo)
Madrid (Spain)/ 2019- (under construction)
Multi-family kin explores networks of care across generations beyond the nuclear family within a small residential project in the outskirts of the city. Located at the end of a row of single-family houses, the project combines different housing typologies in each of the three floors. While none of the domestic arrangments accommodated in these typologies neatly responds to the needs of a conventional family, together they facilitate multifamily kin: The main floor is organized as a loft for an aging couple that has increasing mobility difficulties; above it, a compartmentalized sequence of rooms and living spaces aims to alternatively host the couple’s guests and the attendants that will assist them when they are alone; the lower level hosts a one-bedroom apartment that the couple will rent to students in the neighboring university. The three levels establish different degrees of independence while sharing some spaces, including the garden. The project thus counters hegemonic notions of the family as an autonomous and stable social unit, and acknowledges the relations of dependency between the inhabitants and their environments--celebrating their expanded and malleable networks.
Ignacio G. Galán [igg – office for architecture] + SOF-T / TallerDE2 (Arantza Ozaeta and Alvaro Martin Fidalgo).
Collaborators: Ana Herreros, Pablo Sainz del Río, Jorge Sedano.