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Thursday, October 29, 2020
13/10/2020

Muñoz Miranda Arquitectos, Residential Building in Málaga

 
This is a project that appears on the seashore, near a preexistence of a protected smokestack from the beginning of the 20th century, that informs us of the industrial activity in that area, at that time the industrial outskirts of Málaga. Pairs of identical buildings were raised, as if they were twins, on the seafront, like an extension of the city center, and converted it into a new promenade for the city, close to where the economic crisis had left the last two unbuilt land plots near the industrial remains. The project proposes a materiality able to dialog with the smokestack, but using bricks with a different technique, assuming a new contemporaneity and forming an abstract and massive facade in glassfiber reinforced concrete (GRC).

The corrugated bas-relief vibrates with sunlight and keeps the laundry areas ventilated. In this way, the building reaches a scale of greater order that enhances the whole compared to the apartment individuality. This last shows itself with the living and terrace spaces that open on the facades facing the sea, where the changing of typology units is added to the whole obtaining an abstract set as if the building had been born as a sculpted clay block. The material massiveness – context-construction – and the vacuum produced by human life – program – are organized as stacked elements as if they were containers made of corrugated metal sheets just like those of Málaga’s port, where each type of housing is externally manifested as a grooved texture, vertical or horizontal.

The indoor common space of the two courtyards is covered with a white corrugated sheet forming the access corridors to the apartments, protecting the courtyards with a glass skylight to create a space like the neighboring courtyards. Inside the apartments, the typological variability does not alter its basic conception founded on forming a circular functional space between the living room, the terrace, and the kitchen, giving the option to incorporate the latter into the living room as in an American kitchen. The transition point between what is built underground and above grade is represented by the entrance, where the materiality of the facade gets inside through the wall. The roof, covered by white slats, anticipates what will happen in the patio and the black granite floor introduces us into the garage’s dark, concrete spaces; there the walls of the driveway are covered with a corrugated metal sheet as if it were the mold of the GRC in the same color, placing the emphasis of this transition on the ramp and parking access.

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