Beatriz Alés Atelier

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A quarter of a house in la Barceloneta

In grey, all the buildings that have no possibility to include an elevator

In grey, all the buildings that have no possibility to include an elevator

In black and grey, all the plots that have 35sqm  apartments.

In black and grey, all the plots that have 35sqm apartments.

A quarter of a house in la Barceloneta

The plots' sub-division in La Barceloneta produces a singular type of apartment known as “a quarter of a house”, with an area is 35 sqm. These buildings are until 36 meters high and have no option to include an elevator. This is the main architectural problem of La Barceloneta: 25% of the total amount of population are elders and 86% of the apartments are quarters of a house. Because of the reduced size of these apartments, neighbors tend to spend a big part of the day on the public space, so the goal of this proposal is to make accessible their own houses and facilitate the inside-outside transition.

The project rethinks the neighborhood as if it was one building. Instead of proposing a single elevator per building, we build an elevator in one out of four streets, giving a solution to the elderly population percentage. The elevators are placed at the end of the street, creating a terrace that is linked to the corridor, which gives access to the different flats.

2015 — 2º prize Competition Fundación Arquitectura y Sociedad
Team: Beatriz Alés Gregori, architect
Location: Barceloneta, ES