Dots&Loops develops a permeable city limit for Burgos' south. The design reflects a woven city landscape relationship and occupies with its towers the city boundary without establishing a physical separation. In contrary, the project unfolds its densifying effect while negotiating the potentials and conflicts of the site - proximity to landscape and infrastructure versus noise pollution by the close by highway. A bendable housing typology serves as the mediator: introverted lifted Loops screen off the noise and allow simultaneously a smooth continuity of the garden patios to the landscape. Each Apartment consists of three floors and a parking place right underneath the apartment. A stair - half inside and half outside of the apartment - connects all levels and serves as the individual access to the communal garden patio and from there into the landscape. Living follows a clear principle: the apartment acts as the slowing down intersection of two related modes: the arriving by car and the going outdoors into the landscape.
In the urban development plan the parcelation works as a tool for the landscape design and for guaranteeing public permeability. Public areas and private parcels are separated by topographic contours. Those create a differentiated ornamental pattern which employs programmatically vegetation and surfaces of the local surroundings. Landscape fingers pull the agrarian landscape deep into the new urban area. Sport fields start on the city side and push into the ploughed fields. Landscape and city engage in an interweaving relationship and stay both accessible.
Competition Team: Sabine Mueller, Andreas Quednau
Master Plan Team: Sabine Mueller and Andreas Quednau with Marta Male Alemany
Landscape Design Team: Sabine Mueller, Andreas Quednau
Client: Aragon Izquierdo, S. L. Burgos
Competition: 1st Prize
Site Area: 3,75 ha
Programm: 245 apartments, 1500 m2 retail, 750 parking places, sports facilities
Location: Burgos, ES