by Iñaki Garai Zabala (ACXT Architects) [Salburúa]Vitoria-Gasteiz. Spain
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Tower view. 242 social housing units by Iñaki Garai Zabala (ACXT Architects). Photography © Aitor Ortiz.
Is red the new black residential buildings? Yesterday we presented the residential apartments in Gandia, Valencia, today in Vitoria-Gasteiz:

University Housing by Guallart Architects, and today we continue with this apartment building in Salburúa, Vitoria-Gasteiz, of 242 subsidized housing, by Iñaki Garaizabala. An interesting proposal from urban phase, morphologically it is interesting because the apple leaves one open sides and the buildable area to move to a corner to form a tower. In the second step, the skin cladding and which eliminates the typical open roof deck. Skin also makes it clearly recognizable.

"The plot, in accordance with the criteria established by the town planning, is occupied by a 21 storey-high tower and a continuous U-shaped block with a varying height between four and seven floors. All the front gates of the development are on the ground floor, as well as nine retail units. The two basement floors occupy the whole plot and house the garage, the box-rooms and technical rooms and the rest of the surface is used for council housing.

The building is designed from a rationale of energy saving and economy of means, following the criteria established by the developer.

Town planning gave us a certain le...read more


Iñaki Garai Zabala is part of ACXT architects (IDOM Group) since 1993. Member of the group since 2002, is director of Architecture, from the North zone. Among his most important works include the General Services Building in Erandio, a sports center in Bakio, Beijing Campus of CEIBS Business School and a number of social housing developments.

His work has been recognized by awards FAD, the Biennia...read more