8 Public Housing Development in ‘Callao Square’. La Unión. Murcia

Year
2002
Location
Callao Square. La Unión. Murcia
Architect
Martín Lejarraga
Client
Housing and Soil Institute. Autonomous Region of Murcia
Budget
302.006 €
Built up area
945,10 m2
Team Architects
Antonio Abellán, Oliver König
Structure
Francisco Ruiz-Gijón (Arch.)
Builder
Construcciones Inglés e Hijos
Photographer
Juan de la Cruz Megías

Plot- limits

The Project is located in Callao Square, a small open space in the town of ‘La Unión’, that has been urbanized recently for public purpose. The plot is between party walls, and has an irregular geometry with the main facades orientated to South and East.

The next buildings are workshops and warehouses, and there are some single-family houses around it.

Environment relationship

The project answers to the urban conditions, such as being in front of a square, and the main urban use: a residential building with three levels.

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The building is adapted to the scale of the square. It has a continuous façade, and all elements are integrated: steelwork, lattices, lining…. The square facade is painted mural, trying to be a changing landscape.

Typology

There are eight houses, two of them have two bedrooms, and the rest have three. The car parking is on the ground floor with a direct entrance from the public square. This is in order to not building a basement that is quite expensive for the building purpose, and it is less effective.

The inner courtyards try to optimize the irregular plot, and they give the characteristic shape to the dwellings that have double orientation and can take future changes in an easy and quick way.

Publications

2003
XII Catalogue Architecture Award 'Región de Murcia'
Catálogos nº 12. COAMU
Metalocus nº 12-13
Documentos Arquitectura nº 57
'Habitar el Presente'. Ministerio de Vivienda. Madrid

Awards

2003
International Competition > 1º Prize
2003
XII Architecture Awards 'Región de Murcia' > Special Mention
2004
Spain Social Housing Competition 1998-2003 > Shortlisted