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Thursday, September 19, 2019

SUMA Arquitectura, Play-Time Apartments in Madrid

Play-time is a project for seven short-term rental apartments in the Madrid district of Ciudad Lineal. The developer chose the place with the idea of searching for ‘an oasis in the middle of the city,’ and the project intends to intensify that condition. 

The building’s shifts ensure that each apartment has its own terrace, and its own perimeter garden. The apartments, two per floor, rest on a vertical core – with elevator and installations – independently, so that they can be freely oriented, limited only by the urban conditions and the staircase that spirals up along the perimeter, and to which they give their back.

The result is seven ‘cabins’ on a tree, surrounded by over forty species of climbing plants, chosen according to orientation, whether they are deciduous or perennial, the color of the leaves and fruit, the blooming period, fragrances, and textures. In this way, the vegetal tapestry provides the essential architectural functions of the enclosure (solar and hygrothermal control, of vision and privacy), as well as a whole repertoire of sensory experiences. In this way the project reflects the aspirations of the developer and disciplinary obsessions: the vertical garden, the spiral organization, typological subversion, the apparently free form of the envelope...

The building has a structural truss enclosure of tubes measuring 159 millimeters in diameter and variable depth, with a horizontal framework of laminated steel beams and composite decking that rests also on the interior reinforced concrete core, located at the gravity center of the volume.

The exterior enclosure, freed from any load-bearing role, has running windows staggered along its entire perimeter. This provides privacy in the bedrooms with regards to the corridor and maximum opening at the corners by the terraces. The finish combines glass with sunfilter and dark monolayer mortar to achieve a more even appearance and better control of sunlight; all this with operable aluminum windows and fixed glass with concealed rebates. Between the enclosure and the structural envelope there is a perimeter space for corridors and stairs and for maintenance, with steel sheet planters under a raised pavement of tramex or dais, depending on their location. Through the space between the pavement and the jardinières the plants reach the structural envelope, climbing up a mesh of 8 millimeter rods following the variable geometry of the structure.
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