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FVAI/Francisco Valiente

Burjassot, Valencia


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Residential Building in Burjassot

We work on the resident's relationship with their building neighbors and with the urban environment.



The building at 4 General Prim Street in Burjassot is a unique housing project in which we work on the relationship of the inhabitant with their neighbors in the building and with the urban environment through spaces of progressive privacy.
It is a building that makes a city. City as a place of encounters with others, with culture, surprises, adventure, not only as a place to cover basic needs.
Burjassot is a very interesting location, both for the range of services and green areas, and for its easy communication with Valencia by public transport or bicycle.
Specifically, our building is anchored on a complex and irregular site, which embraces several buildings and faces the streets of General Prim and Santa Teresa.
In this complexity lies our challenge and, at the same time, the opportunity to give cohesion to the block through housing by and for the people.

The homogeneity of its elevation is achieved through a Detail Study, by increasing the number of buildable floors without increasing the buildability of the plot. This Detail Study consists of the rearrangement of volumes of the block with number ENS-131 (according to PGOU), formed by the streets of General Prim, Santa Teresa de Jesús, Libertad and Liria road, expanding the height of the cornice by two heights along General Prim Street without increasing the use of the buildable area.
Reaching the heights of our neighboring buildings without modifying the buildability allows us to expand the space, creating synergies between neighbors.

Wood is a sustainable material that reduces the carbon footprint. To minimize the environmental impact of construction, it was decided to be our main material.
There are several combinations where wood can intervene in the building:
- as structural material
- as facade cladding material
- as a covering material in interiors - as furniture or part thereof
To improve the building, it is proposed that the basement and ground floor structure, in addition to the foundations, be made of reinforced concrete for stability and humidity reasons.
Starting from the first floor, a structure of wooden pillars and beams with CLT slabs and façade walls is proposed. The slabs are hybrid, with the CLT structure and compression concrete to provide stability.

The building has four large multipurpose community spaces.
- Low level:
- Café
- Coworking
- Bicycle parking - Cultural area
- First Floor (Double Height): - Trees
- Meeting space
- Reading area
- Third Floor (Double Height):
- Wooded
- Meeting space - Reading area
- Flat Penthouse:
- Laying area
- Rest area - Relaxation area - Gardening
- Deck:
- Solar panels

A singular swelling of the general volume is produced, which goes from being a closed box to a volume with large openings open towards the street. These spaces are articulated as terraces for the enjoyment of the residents of the property with different privacy and are considered as activity spaces, transition spaces between the street or the privacy of the home in each case.
Thanks to this, the building allows us to create spaces that are neither defined as public - accessible to all people as is the street - nor as private, as would be a home. They are spaces common to all the neighbors and residents of the building that are transition spaces between the street and the home, a space that can be appropriated by the neighbor who has their home next to it. It is like bringing street activities inside the building, such as interacting with others, sitting on a bench to talk or taking a walk outdoors.

Homes linked to outdoor space are designed; both to the public road through the balconies,
as well as the common areas through a private space that serves as a transition and privacy filter.
All of them have the dining room-kitchen space, next to the common areas, maintaining fixed dimensions in all of them.
The aim is to optimize the homes without reducing the feeling of spaciousness.
The design of the rooms forms an appropriate balance between functionality, comfort and surface area consumed.
As for the typologies used, they are designed with the end user in mind: young people renting, who live in the building, not just in their home. We have:
▪ 4 Homes with 3 bedrooms. ▪ 3 Homes with 2 bedrooms.
▪ 4 Homes 1 bedroom.
▪ 2 Studies
▪ 1 Accessible housing.

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