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These images are of a University Housing building in Valencia Spain by Guallart Architects that served as a pilot project to combine social housing standards with a sense of communal urban living to accommodate for a student lifestyle.

The project doesn’t really break any new ground on the housing model but I really like the way it is integrated into the urban context, spatially and through urban signage.

The premise for the design was to understand and spatialise how people live and what spaces they use for different activites. In this model activities like eating, relaxing, dish-washing and working are shared, and sleeping and bathing are kept private. The application of urban graphics, natural light and open and multi-volume spaces make the shared areas more accessible, casual and enjoyable.