residential complex in Spain puts contemporary twist on traditional Andalusian architecture

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highlight the tension between tradition and contemporaneity

in the popular neighborhood of ‘campo de la verdad’ in cordoba, Spainthe architects ignacio laguillo díaz, paco marques vilaplana and harald schönegger have built a Residential complex that gives a contemporary twist to traditional Andalusian architecture. the project aims to reinterpret the regulations recently put in place typological protection order —which led to a new formal typology characterized by facades— by translating the newly introduced elements into familiar spatial situations.

adopting a protective character, the exterior takes the form of a continuous volume punctuated by a series of vertical openings. the interior presents itself quite differently, integrating flowing spaces, planted patios, aquatic elements and ornamental details. overall, the design forms a distinctive language that highlights the contrast between the public and private realm, and the tension between tradition and contemporaneity.

all images by fernando alda

organized around a warm and calm reception hall

despite the emphasis on the contrast between public and private, the residential complex of ignacio laguillo díaz, paco marques vilaplana and harald schönegger, uses the entrance hall as an open waiting threshold establishing a harmonious continuity between the street and building. from the entrance of the residence, the occupants are welcomed by a warm and calm patio. the building is entirely organized around this area which is characterized by the presence of vegetation and water? a passive control system for environmental conditions typical of traditional architecture.

the structure houses 14 apartments as well as a garage, while most units open exclusively to the outside to preserve the privacy of the gallery. the program is common to all: toilet, living room-kitchen, and bedroom. the connection between the bedroom and the living room is made through large sliding doors embedded in the partition, promoting continuity between the two. “it’s about creating a fluid space that compensates for its reduced surface”, explain the architects.

residential complex in Spain puts contemporary twist on traditional Andalusian architecture

an interior courtyard that is both familiar and strange

the building appears massive and protective on the outside, modulating its presence by adjusting the scale of each facade. towards the nearby river, the openings are wider, accentuating their verticality, in response to the landscape of the bank. towards the interior of the neighborhood, they reduce their size, establishing a relationship of continuity with it. the architects wanted to form an exterior where there is no clear reading of which use corresponds to which space, or which apartment belongs to whom.

inside, an ornamental, almost textile-like railing resonates with popular culture imagery and vegetal motifs. Chinese wash, natural stone, lime mortar, wood, water and plants complete the palette of materiality of the inner courtyard, which is shaped to produce a pleasant atmosphere, both familiar and strange.

residential complex in Spain puts contemporary twist on traditional Andalusian architecture

residential complex in Spain puts contemporary twist on traditional Andalusian architecture

residential complex in Spain puts contemporary twist on traditional Andalusian architecture

residential complex in Spain puts contemporary twist on traditional Andalusian architectureresidential complex in Spain puts contemporary twist on traditional Andalusian architecture

project info:

Last name: residential building in campo de la verdad
main architects: ignacio laguillo díaz, paco marques vilaplana, harald schönegger
design team: blanca farrerons, francisco moreno, ignacio olivares, álvaro valverde
interior design : rosario moreno torres
building management: miguel sibon, enrique cabrera
landscaping: i love garcia built
site: campo de la verdad, cordoba, spain
region: 1,275 m²

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January 29, 2022

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