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nest shelters

Urban regeneration strategies for Soria's landscape



To revitalize the neglected area around the river, the invisible social network of the city expands seeking alternative uses. The ‘nest shelters’ are modules that combine and accommodate the new settlers.



Site area: 11,690 sqm, Unit area: 90.3 sqm Location: Soria, Spain Client: Soria city council


Soria is a small city in north-central Spain. Historically its strategic location along the River Duero was essential; however with the passing of time the city has left the valley and has spread to the plateau, leaving the river banks out of their development priorities.


AQSO Nest shelters, case or shell made in polyester, interior, view of the valley


Several historical buildings are located along the river, like the San Saturio Hermitage and the ruins of San Juan de Duero monastery, while others, old industrial structures have been abandoned. The area has an important environmental value; however the lack of activity in this low-population municipality can compromise the maintenance and preservation of the banks.
To bring the living city back to the extraordinary landscape, the area needs to be revived and new activities must be inserted without affecting the environment while providing the vitality that has disappeared.


AQSO Nest shelters, exterior view, stell shell, prototype with adjustable legs


The close relations between the city’s inhabitants create a small but solid network in terms of the social and business as the driving force of the locality. The strategy for revitalizing the valley is about extending these connections of the invisible city, providing mobile nodes capable of spreading a social flow along the riverside.


AQSO Nest shelters, typologies and series, different options for assembly, axonometric view


The Nest-Shelters are prefabricated modular units that The Nest-Shelters are prefabricated modular units that can be combined in several different ways. They are flexible and reusable, so they can be adapted to any requirement. Users can assemble their own nest-shelter, extend it, divide it or recycle it. Located on the ground with a stabilizer base, they are well suited to any terrain and blend into the environment using minimum resources, so they can stay forever or disappear without a trace.


The architecture is reduced in size but in essence it stays the same, serving as a support for human activities. The nest shelters become a “plug and play” architectural solution, colonizing an area in a versatile and chameleon-like way.