Rehabilitation of Social Housing | Wichita Unwind | 2016
There is a very clear limit between the interior and the outside in the Wichita neighbourhood. The moment the inhabitant passes the threshold of their home onto the street, he is encountered in an environment dominated by vehicles, parking lots and trash containers. The blocks do not have a clear relation between each other except the tedious repetition of the housing typology and the exterior design. The neighbourhood suffers from lack of programs that interweave with the social housing, this could offer a better performance of the complex. Wichita resembles a machine that is broken. The apartments don’t have any privacy, neighbours of old age and reduced mobility have a difficulty, such as lack of elevators and narrow corridors, there is no space to carry out daily tasks and no relaxation areas, such as terraces, balconies and gardens. The objective of this project is to unwind the different threads of issues that the neighbourhood suffers and to unravel the chaos that it presents. We’d use the existing structure to reintroduce more suitable housing plans and public spaces that adapt to the individual to make their lives easier and improve their conditions. The proposal offers the city of Sagunto a housing development that possesses different modules suitable for every possible user. In order to unravel this tangle and put it to work as a machine, it’s very important to address the “intermediate” space as it has the same importance as the flat itself. This space would offer a relaxation area, terraces and gardens. Some housing units that were carefully chosen on the ground floor are meant to be adapted and free of obstacles to ensure the comfort of elderly residents and people with reduced mobility. Those blocks are coordinated with a health centre program that offers care for the neighbours, they are also located near a service road that facilitates their access.