In the area of the former Cornes railway station, adjacent to the old building now restored and housing the headquarters of local associations ("Casa das Asocacións"), Santiago de Compostela-based studio Carbajo Barrios has designed an impressive housing development: the complex consists of three monolithic volumes, measuring between 70 m and 100 m in length and 12 m in width, laid out longitudinally and running parallel to each other, housing 125 flats of 22 different types (from duplexes to single-storey dwellings) distributed over six above-ground floors, and garages and parking spaces on two underground floors; a play room, a gym and a multifunctional space complete the work, offering spaces for community life.
The buildings are connected to each other by entirely pedestrian public spaces - a main transversal axis and a system of longitudinal connections among ramps, stairs and paths on several levels due to the variable orography of the site - delimiting richly planted green areas and small squares.
The imposing scale of the buildings is mitigated by effective compositional devices. To soften the perceptual impact of the buildings, the fully glazed elevations are wrapped in a grid of prefabricated concrete slabs and pillars - in a ferruginous colour reminiscent of the industrial nature of the site - measuring 20x20 cm and with a tight pitch of 80 cm, which acts as a brise soleil and breaks up the continuity of the surfaces, generating a lively chiaroscuro pattern. The staggering of the volumes every two storeys decompresses the compact parallelepiped geometry creating, between projections and recesses, a pleasantly unexpected dynamism of the façades that seems to spring from a telluric motion.
- Cornes Espacio Residencial
- Architectural project:
- Manuel Carbajo Capeáns, Celso Barrios Ceide
- David Camiño Quintela, Laura Pardo, Beatriz Asorey, Alejandro Calviño Pérez
- Technical Architect:
- Enrique Martínez Carregal
- Signage design, exterior furniture y community venues:
- Cenlitrometrocadrado (Ricardo Tubío – Xabier Rilo)
- Landscape architecture:
- Orza Paisajismo (Carmela Moral Ardines)
- MEP engineering:
- Obradoiro Enxeñeiros (Carmelo Freire Beiro)
- Structural engineering:
- Ameneiros Rey Arquitectos (Ismael Ameneiros – Santiago Rey)
- Juan Alvarez, Fátima Amo, Laura Fernández, Inés González, Samuel Pérez
- Cornes Espacio Residencial SL