The residential centre is situated on the North East side of the city of Plasencia, on the border between town and countryside. From this location there is a magnificent view into the distance along the full length of the Jerte Valley. The plot itself is on a 25 metre slope, pointing in the same direction.
The specific characteristics of the land, (topography, climate, light) have been used as the starting point for a user-friendly and accessible design. The adverse topography is turned into an asset. The building itself encompasses the landscape and this permeates through the entire project.
The result is a building in tune with the terrain which transforms the 7.500 m2 built into a series of open and highly attractive spaces for residents. This is the central aim of the project: a cascade of terraced floors which allow the common spaces to be connected through terraces and gardens on the same level, improving the views, the light and the connection with nature.
The rooms have all been designed with the same aim in mind. Each one has a very special view while at the same time being protected from the summer sun.
The principle of adapting the building to the terrain has also shaped the design of the ample grounds. This allows residents to enjoy a series of walks through gardens and common spaces bordering each of the terraces.
The entire construction is based on a series of modular prefabricated elements which simplify and systematise the overall design. The structure itself is composed of architectural textured concrete panels which at the same time form the external shell of the building.
These “massive” components of the construction create a subtle tension: the grooved, rhythmic and homogeneous pattern across the entire surface creates a suggestive play of light and shadow which changes with the season, while at the same time, creating an intense but subtle frontier with the land
The desire to make the most of the environment, and vice versa, has also been fulfilled by using metal materials which absorb and change with the light.
Further elements have been introduced to improve the well being of residents and make it easier for them to orientate themselves in the building, such as the colour schemes used in the rooms and hallways, specially adapted internal and external pathways, spacious adapted bathrooms, and spaces for physiotherapy and hydrotherapy.
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ARQUITECTOS: ACID Consultoría Técnica
Built surface: 7.365,14 m²
End: Julio de 2019.
Project and direction: Irene Calle Izquierdo y Alfredo Díaz Soto. (arquitectos)
PROYECTO Y D.E.O.: Ángel Calle Riolobos y Mª Ángeles Pérez Fernández. (arquitectos técnicos)
Desing team: Irene Calle Izquierdo, Alfredo Díaz Soto, Paloma Sesma Luengo y Luis Miguel Sánchez García