Málaga – When residential developers look to cut costs in a new project, the underground parking space is usually the first to suffer: cars usually spend their nights in graveyard-like environments that bear little aesthetic connection to the situation above the surface. That’s why Muñoz Miranda Architect’s new Málaga building is such an outlier: both client and design team understood the importance of continuity in this often overlooked location.
Designed for Renturnoga, the residential development noticeably breaks the more traditional visual pattern established by its more traditional neighbours. It uses bricks and glassfibre-reinforced concrete to mimic the corrugated metal sheets that make up the city’s nearby port. To say that the sculpture-like structure breaks the seashore-facing urban landscape would be an understatement. ‘So we all thought it was quite logical to take that [distinctive feature] down to the parking basement,’ explained architect Alejandro Muñoz Miranda.
Put otherwise: it was a business decision. The project fully operates under a rental model, with 73 units available for medium and long stays. The presence of detailed design in a spot many developers normally neglect, they figured, would be a competitive advantage to lure in consumers making a transitional housing decision in the competitive south-of-Spain market.
But surprisingly, this attractive solution came at no additional cost. ‘Instead of having to do a double wall, we covered the existing vertical elements of the wall with ribbed panels,’ explained Muñoz Miranda. ‘And that’s why, when you’re inside this garage, you simply know it doesn’t belong to any other apartment building in the area.’