The European Rivolta Award, an international award presented every 2 years by the Order of Architects of Milan, now in its 5th edition, is presented to top European social housing projects. Out of 49 projects from 10 different countries admitted to the contest, 14 were shortlisted, and the winning project was “Student Housing in Sant Cugat del Vallès” in Barcelona by HARQUITECTES+DATAAE.
The judges declared that they had selected HARQUITECTES+DATAAE’s project because of its focus on the temporary nature of social housing and its ability to respond to the specific requirements of a students’ residence and of “other forms of urban nomadism”.
The Student Housing project includes 57 temporary residences on two levels in two blocks built parallel to the street; the concept behind the complex promotes interaction among students. The central patio is intended to host events and meetings, and the second floor is designed to cut the surface area occupied by stairways and corridors by half. The students’ residences are made out of prefabricated concrete modules with no internal walls, only simple fixed elements. The units are positioned side by side in succession and incorporate insulation and technical installations in the weight-bearing structures.
Design: HARQUITECTES (David Lorente Ibáñez, Josep Ricart Ulldemolins, Xavier Ros Majó, Roger Tudó Galí) + DATAAE (Claudi Aguiló Aran, Albert Domingo Ollé).
Location: Barcelona, Spain
Images courtesy of HARQUITECTES+DATAAE