14 Official Proteccion Housing in Ibiza
by Castell-Pons Arquitectes

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This social housing complex in Ibiza by Spanish office Castell-Pons Arquitectes features two jagged apartment blocks arranged around a central courtyard (+ slideshow).

14 Official Proteccion Housing in Ibiza by Castell-Pons Arquitectes

The pair of three-storey buildings accommodates 14 apartments, each with either two or three bedrooms, and every residence has its entrance within the oval-shaped courtyard rather around the perimeter of the complex.

14 Official Proteccion Housing in Ibiza by Castell-Pons Arquitectes

"In Mediterranean culture the transition between public and private spaces has always been understood as something sequential," says Castell-Pons Arquitectes. "The intermediate spaces, like the interior courts or the covered streets, the porches or the pergolas, have a very important role as spaces where people interact."

14 Official Proteccion Housing in Ibiza by Castell-Pons Arquitectes

Six apartments are located on the ground floor and a staircase leads up from the centre of the courtyard to eight more on the two upper floors.

14 Official Proteccion Housing in Ibiza by Castell-Pons Arquitectes

The rooms of the apartments fan out around the site, giving jagged edges to the outer walls.

14 Official Proteccion Housing in Ibiza by Castell-Pons Arquitectes

This arrangement creates more windows, allowing residents more control over light and natural ventilation.

14 Official Proteccion Housing in Ibiza by Castell-Pons Arquitectes

"We tried to give a response to the complex surroundings by raising a building with its own geometry," add the architects.

14 Official Proteccion Housing in Ibiza by Castell-Pons Arquitectes

Painted red panels are lettered A to N to identify each residence, while gridded steel balustrades surround the balcony corridors.

14 Official Proteccion Housing in Ibiza by Castell-Pons Arquitectes

See more housing developments on Dezeen, including an apartment block on the Canary Islands and a renovated tower block in Paris.

14 Official Proteccion Housing in Ibiza by Castell-Pons Arquitectes

Photography is by José Hevia.

14 Official Proteccion Housing in Ibiza by Castell-Pons Arquitectes

Here's some more information from Castell-Pons Arquitectes:


14 Official Protection Housing, Can Cantó, Ibiza

The project combines the preexistences and the urban development conditions, to interact with the users’ way of life.

14 Official Proteccion Housing in Ibiza by Castell-Pons Arquitectes

City: Interaction architecture - surroundings

On the one hand, we tried to give a response to the complex surroundings by raising a building with its own geometry. A volume with different heights that takes the most advantage of solar orientation and ventilation where the game between emptinesses, hollows and interior court gets the maximum use of the space.

14 Official Proteccion Housing in Ibiza by Castell-Pons Arquitectes

The only central core leads to all the housing. The use of exterior covered gangplanks facilitates the crossed ventilation and the facades' liberation, and also leads to the use of an exterior dynamic skin where the principal areas are located. Thanks to its spiral form the differents housings are allowed to have free exterior spaces such as terraces and gardens.

14 Official Proteccion Housing in Ibiza by Castell-Pons Arquitectes
Site plan - click for larger image

Way of life: Interaction architecture - user

In Mediterranean culture the transition between public and private spaces has always been understood as something sequential, where the intermediate spaces, like the interior courts or the covered streets, the porches or the pergolas, have a very important role as spaces where people interact.

14 Official Proteccion Housing in Ibiza by Castell-Pons Arquitectes
Ground floor plan - click for larger image

With this intention, the building access is promoted from both streets generating a traffic between them and giving to the interior court the aptitude to stir the social life into action between the neighbours.

14 Official Proteccion Housing in Ibiza by Castell-Pons Arquitectes
First and second floor plans - click for larger image

Economy and sustainability taking the most advantage of the passive systems, but also promoting the social values and comfort typical of our architecture.

14 Official Proteccion Housing in Ibiza by Castell-Pons Arquitectes
Cross section - click for larger image
  • thomaswensing

    This is a great project; such a relief to see that there are places where they take the design of social housing seriously still! The use of the word ‘preexistences’ is an oblique reference to the modern contextualism of Ernesto Rogers.
    The care taken in the design of the circulation spaces to offer a layered transition from the public to the private is commendable.