HOUSING FOR THE ELDERLY IN ALDEAMAYOR DE SAN MARTÍN (VALLADOLID); SPAIN

PrizeWinner in Architectural Design / Healthcare Architecture
Firm LocationValladolid, Spain
CompanyOscar Miguel Ares
Lead ArchitectÓscar Miguel Ares Álvarez
Design TeamJavier Palomero Alonso Barbara Arranz González Jesús J. Ruiz Alonso Dorota Tokarska
ClientJIREYSA-ALDEAMAYOR GOLF SENIOR SL

The housing for the elderly in Adeamayor de
San Martin cannot be understood without its
context. Located on the border of a saline
hidden wetland (Salgüeros de Aldeamayor) the
aridity of the terrain and the infinite
horizontality of the Spanish agricultural
esplanade - dotted with small masses of pine
trees - dominates the landscape, conditioning
the implementation of any structure or
artifact.

The exterior is abstract, as the environment,
formed by white concrete blocks paired in a
striated way, marking an intense but subtle
border with the ground. A seemingly
insurmountable barrier, a shell to protect the
interior that becomes kind, warm and complex.
The external severe geometry contrasts with
the inner complexity. The rooms are generated
as small cells that clump together organically
around the courtyard, creating interstitials
and areas of relation, both to the courtyard
itself as the interior. The perimeter corridor
becomes a place rich in nuances and spaces in
the manner of a small town where people can
speak in front of the door of their room-
houses.

Geometry, spatiality, light and a careful
treatment of color and textures to get a warm
and cozy interior protected by an abstract and
rhythmic limit to the exterior.