• Exterior view of the public housing in Zorrotzaurre
    View from the Deusto Canal
  • Ground floor plan of the public housing in Zorrotzaurre
    Ground floor plan
  • Typical floor plan of the public housing in Zorrotzaurre
    Typical floor plan
  • View of the plaza in the public housing in Zorrotzaurre
    Ground floor plaza and garden
  • Elevation of the public housing in Zorrotzaurre
    Main elevation
  • Dwelling types in the public housing in Zorrotzaurre
    Dwelling types

Public housing in Zorrotzaurre

Bilbao, Spain

This new public housing building in Zorrotzaurre searches for a balance between a discrete presence suitable for residential architecture, which builds up the city fabric, and the singularity that the Deusto Canal waterfronts demand. Far from building up a solid front, its permeable presence encourages crossed views between the inner city fabric and the river.

The building’s massing is compacted in two volumes with nearly zero energetic consumption. These two towers frame a public plaza and garden on ground floor in direct relation to the water. Their stepped facades allow for direct views into the river from all rooms.

The public space that surrounds the two buildings is not a generic one: a new public plaza covered by a vegetated pergola is laid out between them, configuring a community meeting hub for the residents. This space serves as a point of interaction between the architecture and its residents. The front of the public plaza is covered by a tree garden that serves as a filter towards the river promenade on ground floor. This garden serves as wind protection for the public housing building in Zorrotzaurre, while tying back to the waterfront landscape intervention under development.

Location
Bilbao
Spain

Area
5.287 m2

Client
Basque Government

Architecture
PRÁCTICA
Javier Terrados

PRÁCTICA team
Jaime Daroca
José Mayoral
José Ramón Sierra
Sebastián Peñas

Renderings
Kelvin Ho

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