DATAAE & H ARCHITECTS
Mixed tenure housing
St Cugat, Barcelona, Spain
The new university housing for students is located on the same plot as the School of Architecture of Vallès, BARCELONA TECH. The project aims to adapt to the low density of the urban surroundings, prioritizing the direct relationship between the students housing and the campus. This condition is archived with a low building, composed by a ground floor and one storey without elevators, formed by two parallel blocks separated with a central community atrium, which promotes the students relationship with nature.
The project is designed based on industrialized constructions through the use of only one typology of housing made of precast concrete without partition walls. Each unit has just the necessary fixed elements, which allows for guaranteeing habitability, by simplifying finishing in order investing in energy efficiency.
Most of the components are installed and assembled with dry-build systems so every module and its finishing can be dismantled and be reused or highly recyclable. The building is layered over two floors in order to take advantage of the existing topography, making accessible entrances without elevators and reducing in 50% the area used for corridors and stairs. The central atrium is covered in order to create an intermediate bioclimatic space that makes the energy efficiency of the building increase and, at the same time, economizes the building enclosure.