Montecarmelo Townhouses, designed and built by OOIIO Architecture wins the Bronze A´Design Award for their high architectural quality as single-family residential projects.
It is a job that has involved a great effort for the entire OOIIO Architecture team, but which we have carried out with great affection and dedication for clients for whom it has been a pleasure to work.
The semi-detached houses in Montecarmelo by OOIIO aim to respond through creativity and imagination to an “soulless” urban context. Despite being one of the most sought-after new residential neighborhoods in the city of Madrid, Montecarmelo lacks attractive urban spaces and most of the buildings built there have no major architectural appeal.
The homes proposed by OOIIO aim to play with their shape and generate a series of volumes that enter and exit the façade, so that they self-project shadows on the building itself, thus reducing the exposure of the facades to the strong Madrid sun.
This search for answers to sun protection has also helped architects find inspiration in vernacular architecture and the esparto grass shutters with which the sun is traditionally fought in southern areas of Spain, to develop facade cladding they mimic the rough texture of the blinds and help protect the interior.
The international award ceremony, canceled by the Covid-19 crisis, was to be held at Teatro Sociale in the town of Olmo in front of Lake Como, in the Lombardy region of northern Italy, in the month of May 2020.
We hope that the trajectory of the OOIIO architecture studio will continue on this good path and they will soon surprise us with new designs for unique residential architecture.