Co-Living Madrid is a proposal with more than 90 homes on a potential development site in the heart of Madbit, a new technology hub in the east of Madrid. The design is based on maximizing the possibilities and opportunities of the plot in combination with different forms of housing within a Co-Living concept. Because the location is surrounded by fairly high and closed industrial buildings, the plan has been given an inward-facing character. The buildings are positioned around two new courtyards, forming an enclave in the city. Due to the diverse program, squares and housing types, there is a great diversity in the plan. By using wood as the most important building material in combination with various sustainable energy supply techniques, the plan contributes to sustainable urban development. At a local level, the plan provides for the transition from industrial to human scale and a warm living environment.
The urban layout provides a publicly accessible square at the front and a green courtyard with only houses all around at the rear. All functions are positioned in such a way as to create an optimal relationship with the surrounding space. In order to attract urban life to the public square and to further activate the public space, these are completely enclosed on the ground floor with public functions such as supermarkets, restaurants and shops. Office workplaces are available on the first floor along the square. The communal roof terrace, which is only accessible to residents, is situated along the square, making it visually part of the public space. Common areas such as laundry room, sauna and gym are positioned around this roof terrace.