Opened up: Camp Redó Housing Development in Palma de Mallorca
In the meantime, to redress these shortcomings, the city of Palma has demolished two of the original housing blocks, and for a third it held a competition in 2008, which was won by NIU Arquitectura. In exemplary fashion, the architects have created a fresh design and new social qualities for this dilapidated 40.70 x 6.90 m strip with its reinforced concrete skeleton-frame construction. Apart from the load-bearing structure, only the roof and external walls were retained. Thin composite floors permit a greater clear room height, and folding partitions allow flexible spatial divisions that lend the compact layouts a more ample appearance. Lifts and daylighting in the staircases facilitate accessibility and foster communication between neighbours.
The articulation of the outer faces of the original building was retained: white rendered facades above a plinth of shimmering grey corrugated metal lend the structure a discreet, withdrawn appearance. Folding shutters – opaque outside the bedroom windows, perforated to the living and dining rooms – protect the 19 dwellings from thermal gains and the inquisitive eyes of neighbours. When the ground floor sliding shutters are pushed aside behind the sheet-metal facade and the folding shutters on the upper floors are opened, the facade has a much more animated appearance.