Who says social housing has to be boring due to limited budgets and strict regulations?
I recently came across this striking 75-unit social housing tower in Barcelona by architecture firm Roldán + Berengué, which redefines social housing in many ways. Conceived as part of an urban master plan, the uneven layering of the facade creates a dynamic aesthetic identity, while offering a variety of views for the low-income residents. All materials used in the tower’s construction are 100% recyclable and the facade’s materials come from a 65% natural materials and 100% already recycled materials.
In many ways it reminded me of modernism in London after the Second World War, and the idealistic optimism of a generation of young British architects who tried to revolutionised life in the city in the wake of destruction from war and poor living conditions inherited from the Industrial Revolution.
This building in many ways continues to demonstrate our on going attempts to provide quality social housing.