Transformación del antiguo edificio de oficinas AXA en coliving.
Conversion of the former AXA office building into coliving.
Authors: Langarita-Navarro Arquitectos, Víctor Navarro, María Langarita. + Ad-Hoc, Pencho Sánchez Morales. Joaquiz García Vicente.
Team: Fran Abellán Estevan, Javier Estebala Alández , Antonio Antequera.
Surveyors: Manuel Olivares Esteban / Susana Salmerón Ruiz (ESMO Técnicos).
MEP: Estudios y Proyectos Fraloir SLP
Structures: Iago González Quelle (Qube Diseño Estructural SL) .
Photos: David Frutos.
‘ In the 70s, on a corner in front of the Central Market of Alicante, an office building was constructed that, in its first life, barely reached 30 years. Converted into an empty and enigmatic urban figure, attention was drawn to it as a possible coliving space in a new life, activating a process of exploration of that potential. After several studies, the rehabilitation project was finalized in a new residential proposal that combines a set of 49 housing units, capable of meeting the urbanistic requirements to be recognized as housing, with another set of diverse spaces and services for community living, cared for as if they were one's own. This is what is being called coliving and which, for this specific case, has been named Suiters. The intervention, beyond developing a residential program oriented towards medium stays, which has already proven to be a solution for a multitude of personal situations, also aims to deploy an ecological pedagogy, thinking that architecture can guide solutions to the myriad of crises that are gathering. Thus, a completely vegetal facade is proposed that can provide food for the avian fauna that colonizes the neighboring Benacantil mountain. The project, forged and executed by several hands, has also been an experience of sharing the architectural fact itself; and the best proof of its contribution to the expansion of the residential formulas that the city must offer its residents would be the existence of a waiting list.’