2021 Award "Best Practice in Citizen Participation"
15th Edition 2021
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- You can support up to 5 proposals.
Youth Housing (Caldes de Montbui)
In May 2020, in the midst of the health pandemic, Caldes de Montbui Town Council initiated a participatory process to collectively define a housing building for young people. The process aimed to reflect and debate with potential users on key aspects of the future building; values, interior and exterior community uses, the functionality of the spaces, future management, access requirements, etc.
The main value of this process lies in the participatory design of public rental housing. A public housing building for young people in Caldes de Montbui in their first stage of emancipation.
The starting point is the debate on the various axes (project values, uses, space and management) is a preliminary project and a location that allows immediate action. It is a basic design that works on a qualitative and normative level, which is finally defined collectively through virtual and face-to-face sessions.
After various phases of information, debate and final consensus, the new building will be located on Avinguda de Josep Fontcuberta, in front of Romà Martí Park.
The main contributions of the participation plan are these:
- Transformation of the garden into a public space.
- The roof of the building will not be walkable, reducing its height and minimising possible nuisances.
- Incorporation of balconies so that each dwelling has outdoor spaces.
- Creation of a multi-purpose common space open to the neighbourhood.
- Incorporation of solar protection systems.
- Incorporation of greenery on the outdoor walls.
- Use of mixed structures of wood and recycled maritime containers that will be partially visible in dwellings and communal areas.
- Design of a building with a tendency towards minimum/zero energy consumption nZEB.
The final result consists of eight dwellings built with a structure of lightweight prefabricated modules that will make the work faster and more sustainable than conventional concrete systems. It is a combination of reused shipping containers joined by plywood floor slabs.
The design of the building, in terms of energy efficiency, has been carried out with the aim of achieving a building with practically zero energy consumption, thanks to the size of the windows, the insulating materials and the ventilation and air conditioning system.
The container structure is complemented by a façade made of ecological wood treated without chemical products.
The final budget for this initiative will be 745,000 euros and will start in the second half of 2021.
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