122 SOCIAL HOUSING UNITS (protected subsidised housing), OFFICES

imagen-principal Location: PAU-4. MOSTOLES (MADRID).
Owner: Móstoles Municipal Land Institute (IMS). Móstoles Town Council, Madrid
Design: José Enrique Fombella Guillem
Construction supervision: José Enrique Fombella Guillem
Date: 2007-2009

Our team won the restricted tender that Móstoles town council organised through its Municipal housing company.
The design brief comprised offices, retail premises, residential units and parking spaces on two basement levels in a building based on a complex typological design to comply with mandatory urban planning regulations.
To optimise use, making it more compatible with the different requirements for residential, office and retail, the offices and commercial premises were grouped in the area facing the busiest, most popular public space and are totally separate from the housing, which is structured around the pedestrian street and the quieter rear of the building. The two buildings are therefore twinned but independent.
A modular precast concrete panel system was used for the façades of the residential units, with two textures and different colouring, alternated depending on the orientation and position on the elevation.
A large opening leading to the block courtyards in each of the façades that face onto the interior pedestrian street, gives more light, sun and space to the street.
Aged-copper panels were used for the lightweight, suspended, back-ventilated façade for the offices, while a curtain wall was built on the inside with a service gallery in-between for maintenance, which allowed the window openings to be designed without restriction.
The sides of the office façade were designed with the same skin system and finished in lacquered aluminium in a different colour.
The building services are centralised on the roof in visible blocks that highlight their presence.