Twelve Houses in Fernando is a minimalist architecture project located in Barcelona, Spain, designed by OAB. Located in the old fabric of Poble Nou, at a transitional point between the historic axis of María Agulló, the Rambla de Poble Nou, and the approaches to the beach, the project responds to this dual condition. On the one hand, Fernando Poo street reasserts the traditional typology of the house, two-story housing that makes no secret of its individuality to the street. On the other, the corner, empty but with well-defined arrises that stand out against the sky, looks out at the city of Barcelona with its animated flux of inhabitants and visitors who flow beachwards.
In all of the cases the buffer of the small entrance patios protected with low grill fencing lends density to the line between public and private, and contributes to an energy strategy which thanks to external thermal insulation (ETI) and to aerothermal energy attains maximum efficiency. The window spaces on the first floor exceed their functional condition and acquire the scale of the street by means of large openings and sliding elements. This frontier between the domestic and the vision of the whole is lessened even further in the interior of the intervention, where the layout of the parking area allows the planting of imposing native trees. The excellent orientation of the houses towards sun and sea reveals a small landscaped haven in the midst of the city.