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Social Housing in La Mina, Barcelona - EVA-Spain
  • Social Housing in La Mina, Barcelona - EVA-Spain
  • Social Housing in La Mina, Barcelona - EVA-Spain
  • Social Housing in La Mina, Barcelona - EVA-Spain
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Social Housing in La Mina, Barcelona - EVA-Spain

EVA - Estudio Vivas Arquitectos

EVA is an office established in 2006 by César Vivas Millaruelo and Cristian Vivas Millaruelo with its headquarters in Barcelona focused on urbanism, landscape, architecture and design fields with assignments in both public and private sectors.
Cristian Vivas was born in Barcelona in 1978. Graduated from the ETSAV, Escuela Superior de Arquitectura del Valles, Barcelona in 2004. Has collaborated at several architecture and landscape offices in Beijing, Dubai and Barcelona before developing his own work as EVA.
 
César Vivas was born in Barcelona in 1975. Graduated from the ETSAB, Escuela Superior de Arquitectura de Barcelona in 2002. He also studied at Universität Hannover,Architecktur&Landschaftarchitektur in Germany. Has collaborated at several architecture and landscape offices in Berlin and Barcelona before developing his own work as EVA.
 
EVA ranges from conceptualization of ideas and proposals to project implementation and development with the collaboration of technicians and consultants. With a creative, pragmatic and multidisciplinary approach, it works in many fields, from the territorial and urban scale to the architecture and design in small scale, using criteria that take into consideration at the same level formal, spatial and functional issues as well as economical, environmental and social aspects to ensure the sustainable development of the projects.
 
EVA is currently developing several projects in Barcelona, among them housing for the elderly under construction, social housing, a school for mentally disabled, several apartment renovations and a restaurant in progress. In addition EVA is working on a strategic Masterplan for urban renewal in Murcia and is beginning a project for a single family house in Córdoba.
 
EVA has won several awards and prizes mainly in national and also international competitions. Its work has been widely published and exposed, both in national and international media. EVA has been invited to give lectures and participate in workshops in national universities.
 
Project Description 

The project is part of la Mina Neighbourhood Renewal Plan. The goal was to achieve the maximum sunlight as possible for all apartments so that that least 80% of the houses have one hour of sunlight between 10,00h and 14,00h during winter, as well as to maximize activities on the ground floor to potentiate the passage, and to increase the life2and relationship with the outside through a terrace of 5m per apartment.

We propose 16 houses of 55 m2 (44%) and 20 of 62 m2 (56%) with two stair cases. The plan is organized by a central band that concentrates all facilities, wet areas (bathrooms and kitchens).

BALCONY+GALLERY = EXTERIOR ROOM: The Gallery has two parallel sets of folding doors which make it possible to include the gallery into both the living room and to the balcony or disappear to form part of a single space. This ambiguous and reconfigurable space adapts to each family and season, turning into a green house, a summer dining room or a totally exterior living room. At the same time it introduces constant variations in the façade.

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