Public housing competition in Palma de Mallorca

Concurso de proyectos con intervención de Jurado para la construcción de cinco edificios de viviendas de protección pública en Palma y Marratxí

Organizer: Institut balear de l’habitatge IBAVI
Typology: Residential / Public housing
Size: 3.800m2
Budget: 3.6m€
Status: Open competition

Author: OCA architects, Eduard Mosieienkov, Yana Stepankova
Team: Eduard Mosieienkov, Yana Stepankova; Bernardo Garcia, Hernan Lleida

photographic visualizations by Eduard Mosieienkov, Yana Stepankova

The project is designed combining program and structure. The need to to respond to the ongoing climate crisis marks the constructive solutions of the proposal. The horizontal structure is solved by means of laminated wood panels. Vertical structure is composed by loadbearing load-bearing walls of blocks of compressed earth BTC, one of the systems with less ecological footprint and a very high mass.
The load-bearing walls follow the distribution of the houses taking advantage of their high mass and good thermal properties to realize jointly with the structure the divisions between apartments and the facades.
The rhythm of the structural boxes formed by the load-bearing walls generates a strong rhythm reflecting the orderlyimage of the old industrial complex of Can Ribas.