SOMOS.arquitectos collaborates with Estudio CARME.PINOS to develop execution project and follow work on site for 107 apartments in Ciudad Aeroportuaria - Parque de Valdebebas, Madrid (Spain). Tasks included overseeing the architectural aspects of the development of the design, production of the construction documents and specifications plus complete assistance with execution control, detailing design and on-site supervision, ensuring that works are carried out to specific standards set up by Estudio Carme Pinós.

Given the recent urbanization of the area, we are facing a lot without any close references in the surroundings. This condition leads us to generate a large commercial base on the ground floor aligned to the Avenida Juan Antonio Samaranch. In its central part, we open up a gap in order to generate the main access to the apartment block, as well as to the back garden. This platform supports four large fragmented volumes, thus breaking the monolithic and linear character of the building intended in the original urban planning. These volumes vary in height, so that the building adapts itself to the different scales of the immediate environment: from the tallest ones adjoining the south side, to the more open scale and green spaces in the C / Estanislao Pérez Pita.

The inner part of the plot contains a swimming pool, a paddle court, games and garden lounges, always respecting the 10m setback from the neighboring plot. The depth of the commercial premises varies with respect to the residential blocks, thus creating a portico all along the façade. It connects all entrances, offers areas protected from the sun and rain for the users and allows access to common areas reserved for community rooms, changing rooms, and facilities spaces on ground floor.

The layout of the different typologies of housing is assembled around three entry halls, with independent vertical communication cores and a general distribution of 6 dwellings per floor, except in the last floors that are reduced to 3 in order to generate the articulation between the fragmented volumes.

The houses are structured following a linear scheme, with all the rooms and kitchen facing the same facade and a central band where we can locate bathrooms, toilets and entrances. In this way, the interior of the house is given great flexibility, allowing the variation or adaptation of the different needs of the functional program required by the client or possible future needs.

The facades of each one of the volumes that make up the residential complex are composed of prefabricated modules from floor to ceiling. All the windows open onto galleries and outdoor terraces which support the double façade system, comprising a mobile sunscreen lattice according to the layout that every user might choose. Those sliding panels facilitate the light control and acoustic insulation.