Social Housing Units

La Laguna

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The plot is on the edge of a densely populated neighbourhood on the outskirts of the La Laguna/Santa Cruz de Tenerife conurbation.

Characterized morphologically by the phenomenon of marginal urban development, the neighbourhood’s original small, self-constructed houses are interspersed with more recent mass housing developments. Both types of housing are defined by the narrowness of the passageways in relation to the buildings and the small size of the plots, a product of the desire to maximize the use of the land.

The project’s main objective is reflected in the typological relation of the residential units and their system of patios, which have been placed at right angles to the existing streets; these patios can be understood as elements for promoting urban relation and integration between residents, while facilitating the connections between adjoining streets.

The patios that crisscross the spaces between the buildings can be seen as spatial units with their own identity; they unite the interior façades with those on the exterior, and virtually extend the public area into the buildings through the folds in the façades in the entrance areas.


25 Social Housing Units


Camino de la Hornera, Parcela D. La Laguna. Tenerife. Canary Islands. Spain


GPY Arquitectos

Project Team

Juan Antonio González Pérez, Félix Francisco Perea Pérez, Urbano Yanes Tuña

Technical Team

Rafael Fernández Domínguez


Gpi Ingenieros

Technical Drawings

Miriam Hernández Pérez


Canary Islands Regional Government: Department of Housing, Ministry of Public Works, Housing and Water


Mazotti S.A.

Constructed Surface

3,157.36 m2


José Ramón Oller, Urbano Yanes Tuña


Premio Manuel de Oráa y Arcocha, XIª Edition, 2004: Selected | Ideas Competition on experiences of change and future typologies of Social Housing and Protected Housing, organized by the C.S.C.A.E. Consejo Superior de los Colegios de Arquitectos de España, 2003: Selected.


Books: Habitar el Presente. Vivienda en España: Sociedad, Ciudad, Tecnología y Recursos. Madrid: Ministerio de Viviendas / Fundació Politècnica de Catalunya, 2006 Ruiz Cabrero, Gabriel: Guía de Arquitectura Contemporánea / Contemporary Architecture Guide 1962-2006. Tenerife. Tenerife: Cabildo Insular de Tenerife, 2008 Magazines: arquitectos n.168 (2004), Basa n.30/31 (2008)

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