The location on the southeastern limit of the urban fabric of Tudela, facing the landscapes of the Ebro river, suggests a relationship of contemplation with the horizon of the Ribera. A situation that gives the building the role of watchtower towards the landscape. At the same time, it must be erected as a reference point for a washed-out urban fabric, in need of a protagonist. Infront of lands, skies, waters, fields and greens.
Social and collective
The project offers an opportunity to rethink the conditions of flexibility and adaptability that contemporary types of social housing demand. As as a collective program, it allows challenging the usual formats of interaction between inhabitants through new spaces for coexistence integrated into the building. The project explores these two issues -social and collective-, while responding to the most demanding energy efficiency standards -zero emissions building- and standing as an urban milestone between the city and the landscape of the Ebro riverside.
The context, the volume
The site limits with the city’s urban tissue, facing the riverside agrarian landscape, suggesting a bold relation with the horizon. This borderline condition provides a “watchtower condition” on the landscape, a bold volume that wants to incorporate the tones and reflections of its surroundings into its skin, as an anchor in the riverside region.
nZEB: almost zero energy consumption
We have designed an almost zero energy consumption (nZEB) building complex, based on the drastic reduction in energy demand and energy use. Renewable energy produced on-site covers 100% of the heating, cooling, DHW and electricity needs. The reduction of demand is achieved through passive measures, such as super-insulation in all exterior walls, high-performance carpentry, exterior solar protection systems (in summer) and direct radiation (in winter). All electricity demand is covered with a system of photovoltaic panels on the rooftop or as solar canopies in the public space at street level. The energy required clima comes from a deep geothermal system.
Competition 2018, First Prize
Surface: 5.500 m2
Location: Tudela, Spain
Project start: 11-2018
Building start: 04-2021
Pablo Oriol, Fernando Rodríguez, María Díaz
Ricardo Fernández, Iñigo Palazón, Ignacio Navarro
Apricot Ingeniería, Marc Buxó, Juan Aiciondo, Architectural Green Method, Mecanismo Ingenieria