Slab, corridorSlab, gallery-accessSlab, corridorSlab, double-loaded
de las Casas, Manuel | Madrid ( Vallecas), Spain | 1982
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Typical E/W facade

Architectde las Casas, Manuel
CityMadrid ( Vallecas)
AddressAv. Miguel Hernandez/Av. Paolo Neruda
Building TypeSlab, double-loaded
Slab, gallery access
Number of Dwellings1016
Date Built1982
Dwelling Types3 BR flats
No. Floors13
Section Typeflats & individual access rowhouses
Exterior Finish
brick, concrete, metal windows
Construction TypeRD frame
Ancillary Services1 level basement parking, storage buildings, shopping

(See Palomeras-Andaluces for a general description of the Palomeras development.) This is one of several building groups at Palomeras that use repetitive slabs to define courtyard spaces. In this example, the court space is really a narrow interior light well which is sky lighted providing natural light to the continuous shopping arcade at the ground floor. This central open zone in the building is also the horizontal circulation space that is serviced by several stair and elevator stacks. Apartments back up to the central space with baths and hallways so that all flats open to the outside with living rooms forming the ”towers” of the facades. Each apartment has a balcony that appears as the “void” separating towers elements. The superimposition of tower and slab here is a reoccurring theme at Palomeras, the result of a strategy to reduce the monotony of typical repetitive slab blocks with a more dynamic solid/void composition. The sky-lighted interior galleries have good natural light at the top, but are poorly lit at the lower floors. At the ground floor, apartments along one side of the building open to small, walled, patios while the shops on the other side of the gallery open to the street and pedestrian areas. A high parapet wall that is punched with small square openings articulates the top of the building. There is one level of basement parking. The end facades are dominated by stairs a clue to he formal difficulty of organizing an “extruded” building type. This problem also limits multiple site arrangements and, even though the space between buildings is defined and partially landscaped, it is also used for parking and the result is a very zeilenbau-like constellation of parallel slabs, now rendered in brick.

Arquitectura, May-June, No. 242, 1983, pp. 38-42 (Colegio Oficial de las Arquitectos de Madrid)

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