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Probably, one of the most relevant and ancient task of the architect is the creation of houses, since cities are formed from these. Likewise, the trends have been affecting the way of projection of the dwellings, that is, the different typologies that have appeared. The slightest modification in the conception of a private space, once we think that everything is already invented, provides us with a world of new possibilities.

The PGOU study shows that in the historic center of Seville there is an aging population, being the sector with the lowest number of inhabitants, where there are many small houses with a shortage of play areas, lack of quality in their squares and scarcity of community life. Larger houses are needed, for families, with areas where they can carry out common activities and suitable for collective life. We are in a historical area where almost all the parcels and blocks have an uneven, inconsistent shape, with overhangs and a multitude of patios that enliven the interior of the buildings. An area therefore that attempts to turn to the outside of its buildings whenever possible, seeking to make the most of the façade and views of the landscape.


Thus, on the banks of the Guadalquivir river and with Torneo Street as a witness, the collective housing is erected that arises as a response to the existing empty lot and with a view to generating a powerful and serious building that helps to generate that facade with views of the river and that formally contributes to the appearance and urban activity.

The building is nourished by the natural unevenness of the site to build a garage for housing, with optimal use of the parking spaces, which is why the main entrance is also located from Guadalquivir street, freeing the facade of Torneo Street. to the enjoyment of the homes. A total of seven exterior houses are projected towards the river, taking advantage of the views and light, natural elements that promote the enjoyment of the house.

Inside, the building is made up of houses with one, two, three and up to four rooms with different types that add variety and dynamism to the whole building. The homes have generous spaces in which, through interior patios, the home is made to breathe, providing light and ventilation to it, with formal gestures not very common in VPO homes, complemented by a large patio of entrance that is born under the juxtaposition of galleries that allow a fluid circulation towards the houses and common spaces. Outside, a pure and clean façade gives the building that contemporary character where the openings are designed taking into account the immediate presence of the Guadalquivir, Calle Torneo and, in general, the intense urban activity in Seville.

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