CAN TRABAL HOUSING
Situation: Sant Cugat del Vallès
Situation: 78 Canada Av., 20 Josep Maria Sert st.
Floor Area: 3718 sqm2
Number of dwellings: 12
Architects: Eduard Gascón
Team: Josep Castillo, Jorge Suarez
With the aim of obtaining the best quality possible given the conditions of the site, the project begins contemplating two issues. First, the search of a volume that allows the maximum profit of the plot, a volume that facilitates a great and well-oriented communal exterior space and that, at the same time, guarantees the neighbor’s privacy. Second, to solve the dichotomy caused by a plot where the best views and topography are opposed to the preferential orientation for solar purposes. In this way, the buildings create narrowed ends that allow interacting with both conditions and where the day-zones are located.
The three buildings form an “L” that is supported in both unfavorable sides of the site and that hollow out the south-east side. The six bigger apartments face north and look to the Can Trabal “Masia” on Josep Mª Sert St. The six remaining ones, with a smaller surface, are located in the south-east border on Josep Llimona St., forming only one volume. The remaining exterior spaces to north-east and south-east host to differentiated green spaces, center of the community life of the complex.