Gallery: The Beautifully Unfolding Ocho Casas Housing Complex


Frequent passerby in the neighborhood of Santa Margarita, Spain may find themselves a bit lost when they can’t seem to find the white wall they just passed by. Appearing at first as a simple sheet of folded paper, this beautiful white-walled building features a facade of panels that open in brilliant pops of color. Designed by Romera y Ruiz Arquitectos, “Ocho casas inscritas y tres patios” is a sustainably constructed social housing complex with a facade that changes according to the wishes of its inhabitants!

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  1. niels November 27, 2008 at 3:12 pm

    too bad it’s just an interesting facade and not a fascinating space…

  2. Rai November 25, 2008 at 8:31 am

    From what I can see in the planes, this project is all about the façade, and only in a eye-candyish way. I cant really deduce what’s the point of the two triangular shapes (forming itself a rectangle) on the planes: from the inside, its marked “gre” as if it were nothing (maybe a heat isolation thing), but more importantly, from the outside, it is’nt even a balcony. Furthermore, the widow openings are SO small for the rooms facing the street, and tha’ts nearly criminal!

    If it wasn’t enough, the distribuiton of the flat rooms is quite traditional: a long corridor with rooms to the sides, a great way of losing square meters…

    Quite a pretentious building I have to say, even the façade is not-so-strong, looking at it all closed al white just hurts my eyes.

  3. Rai November 25, 2008 at 8:14 am

    From what I can see on the planes, that façade -and the building itself- it’s just eye-candy. I can’t really deduce what’s the point of the triangular shapes: on the planes from the inside, they apeear “grey” like there’s nothing in there, and from the outside, there isn’t even a handrail that permits using it as a balcony. Then, the windows on the façade are minimum compared to the room space, minimizing daylight, and all due to the not-so-beautiful façade. Completely clueless.

    It it wasn’t enough, the typical planning of de home distribuition, with a long corridor and rooms to the sides, that’s zero innovation and risk to take from the architects. That’s a pretty pretentious building, I have to say.

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