Project: Social housing + equipment.

Context: The majority of the illegal settlements are located in the outsides of the city of Córdoba, away from sources of work, infrastructure and services excluding of the right to the city, generating ghettos without identity and contributing to the segregation of classes.

Location: Villa La Maternidad, last settlement in the center of the city of Cordoba, Argentina located in an area privileged by its proximity to infrastructures and services. This place is located next to the river, new focus of renovation of the city that by the strength of the real estate market is relegating much of the public space.

Problem: On this ground the private sector plans the connection of both sides of the river with a bridge, now in a state of construction paused by the resistance of NGOs and the inhabitants of the village, as it is attentive to the disappearance of the same.

Illegal settlements in the city of Cordoba


Urban level:

-Keep the inhabitants of the settlement
-Building as infrastructure and urban support
-Do not generate excluding ghettos
-Generate large public spaces
-Open, inclusive and flexible architecture
-Maximum relationship and accessibility with the environment

Housing level:

-Generate a community
-Dilute boundary between the public and the private
-Make stronger the relationship between the inhabitant of the building and the citizens.
-Mix the different social classes
-Maximum advantage of sunlight, wind and visuals
-Create a city inside the housing community

As the construction of the bridge was inevitable, it was started to be thought  as a connection of the sector with the rest of the city and as a possible flow of vehicular and pedestrian movements towards it. The housing and equipment were placed parallel and in contact with the bridge releasing the largest possible surface, generating a large public space (park) in relation to the river and the neighborhood.

With the idea of making this building a focus of attraction for the whole city, it was thought as a city inside a building, contemplating the typology of housing + work in relation to a large public tour and equipment that  would attract the rest of the city. Why not buying in a grocery on the second floor? Or go to the hairdresser's on the third?.

The project is developed in the superposition of empty trays connected by an architectural route and rigid circulations. The dwellings are delimited only by surfaces instead of finished typologies. These surfaces are organized by modules so that the inhabitant can organize their housing according to their needs achieving flexibility and identity. These are connected  the installations for future humid cores. We bet on long-term growth, the inhabitants will be able to maintain their original place of residence, so their work and this will allow them to have their own house in different stages.

Urban common space


Installations for future humid cores

Some spaces like the football field, sport practiced by all the social class, this planned to be the heart of the whole community and point of meeting of children and young people where they began to forge relations diluting their social differences.

In collaboration with: Arq. Eduardo Filippi