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But in the end, only those of Miranda were relocated. A cooperative was formed consisting of the residents of the project so they could buy their own residences. The cost was too high, however, so many could not buy. El Falansterio was conceived as an autonomous and self-sufficient community whose buildings would be inhabited by all levels of society.
The residential complex consisted of a group of three-story buildings divided into 18 sections of 12 apartments each, for a total of two hundred and sixteen. There was a patio in the center of each section and each apartment had a living and dining room area, two bedrooms, a kitchen and a bathroom.
The design of the structures incorporated art deco concepts and details. The large facades were marked by six entrances with steps, curved walls and vertical lines. Each vestibule was accented with two curved balconies that projected above the entrance. Two living units shared each balcony, so that it became a public area that encouraged unity and communication among the users. The buildings were painted in cream, pink and blue colors typical of the architectural style, but over the years the walls became discolored.
The housing complex was built of reinforced concrete. Originally, it had ornamental openings in square and rectangular patterns to provide ventilation for the apartments, but these were sealed to ensure the privacy of the units.
The floors were finished with local tile in various colors and patterns. The symmetrical arrangement created a sense of security and belonging among the owners. The simple, harmonious and homogeneous design, the relationship of the buildings to each other, the enclosed patios and open spaces, all made this public housing complex a model.
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