Site: Montigalà. Badalona (Barcelona)
Client: Urbis SA
Year of project: 1997
Area: 13.500 m2
Awards: Ciutat de Badalona Award
A host of dwellings occupying an entire city block in a series of similar operations in the new neighbourhood of Montigalá in Badalona (1997). Everything I dislike about traditional Badalona I do like, on the other hand, in this outlying area which is dominated by the motorway and Ikea, to alternative components to the conventional city: mobility/accessibility and convenience. It is perhaps on account of these facts that the design of the residential complex was ironically sugject to a recreational spirit, sarcastically underlined by the implausible name given to it by the seller of the hour: Islands of Bermuda. A closed island, with dwellings facing inwards to the grand courtyard, with a swimming pool and allegorical palm trees. The access points to each stairwell are also inside the island, meaning that a single access checkpoint from outside enabled families and children to be at ease playing outside the flats in the green area.