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Architects: James & Mau
Location: Madrid, Spain
Project Year: 2012
Photographs: Matías Pérez Illera

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Project Area: 504 sqm
Nº Of Houses: 4 of 50 sqm and 2 of 75 sqm
Constructor: Arbohor Investors S.L.

In a historic neighborhood we find a type of housing located in tight lands and shared patios. The volume of the building is already defined so is necessary to use the resultant area.

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The design of the facade is covered by regulations that require a traditional composition of arranged holes. So, we stick to this constraint by using a modern technique of ventilated facades which copies the traditional composition of holes.

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Also, corten steal skin creates a double bioclimatic facade that harnesses the sun as passive heating in winter and protects from it in summer.

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The strategy is a contemporary mimicry in a historic setting or an update of a historical typology of our times.

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