The Cabildo de La Palma, the island administrative body is fostering a new housing model to provide response to increasing senior population demands. A total of 68 individual houses and 18 doble units are organized in 8 blocks with the aim to generate micro communities within the building that offers catering and health care to all the occupants. All units face two directions to guarantee good ventilation and sun. Likewise, access is through front terraces to promote interrelation between neighbors.
The plot, higher in the north allows the hide of the logistic infrastructures at a lower level, with minimum earth moving. Common services as catering, cafeteria, reception, and daycare areas are organized in ground floor in direct contact with gardens, also accessible from the street. This organization pretend to foster interaction between members of the community and the town neighbors through the share of the space and improve sustainability of the services offered, through opening them to the city.
Construction makes use of traditional knowledge and materials to emphasize the sense of belonging and comfort. Concrete blocks and wooden carpentries shape the façade walls while minimum metal handrails and wooden shades protect terraces and corridors and provide response to the variety of personal requirements and preferences.
L O S L L A N O S
Location: Los Llanos, La Palma
Investment: 450.000 €
Surface: 9.200 m2
Collaborators: Cristina Requejo, Aina Alemany