Lagula arquitectes
Photos by:
Adrià Goula
Collective housing
Progrés 127-129, Badalona (Barcelona)

A volume created by the urban needs arising from the emergence of a new promenade, the change in section of the road. The homes will be withdrawn and amplified in height, thus setting a new typology of urban road. In this temporary space somewhere between what was and what is wanted, we created a hybrid way, dynamic and surprising.

The program is organized with a local common space on ground floor and four apartments, one per floor. As a consequence of the size of the houses, the building’s common areas predisposed to sharing, away from the sterile neutrality and anti-vandalization bias that often characterizes this type of space.

Access to housing is made directly from the elevator that enters into the living room. The spiral staircase is also a pleasant access point, well lit and moving between different homes. The typology is compact, with windows on either side of the unit. The living room shapes the two walls and leaves along its sides the flexible enclosures that define the bedrooms and the bathrooms. The kitchen is open to the facade and the main hall. The roof has a special relationship with the city and the sea with a strong sense of fun.

Both facades have a high contrast design. The patio, very simple and to south-east with sea views, has a sober, Mediterranean design. The facade towards the street appears a bit happier, in connection with the city and with the modernist tradition of the area.