El Viento residence has been designed by architects Otto Medem de la Torriente, perched on a steep slope in Collado Villalba, Madrid, Spain. Inspiration for the interior and exterior spaces of the 9,030 (839 square meters) home came from the large blocks of natural marble emerging from the steep slope and breathtaking views over the mountains of Madrid.
The environment strengthens the architectural qualities, making nice emotions that we discover while we walk through the different areas. We created a very private access to the housing, with walls that shroud you and hide the environment from you. Therefore you will discover it gradually thanks to the big windows.
From indoors the openings put in a frame the wonderful views of the environment. As a result the views turn into daily elements in our lives. We created an architectural path to show the main facade, and going down by the gentle staircase we arrive to the main porch, from where we can go into the house.
This house has three floors. Crossing the main entrance we find the amazing hall. It is surprising due to its verticality. This is the most important area in the house, from where you gain access to the other ones. The daylight goes straight through the high windows to fill the main hall. These windows have narrow dimensions and are placed at 6.5 meters from high up. Furthermore they are strategically oriented towards two waterfalls that we can find in the eastern slope of the mountain.
That hall is the center of the house, the starting point to discover the architect and the environment, the place where all different areas are organized. Most of the activities we can do in the house take place in the living-room. It is based in a large block of natural marble that we found originally in the plot. We decided to leave it intact, and to convert it into a key element for the architecture.
From outdoors the living room gains more intensity thanks to the large block. It becomes a link between the living room and the swimming pool, with the best orientation for enjoying it. The lower level of the house is south-facing and it is adjusted to the slope. However the upper level, with western orientation, is floating over the lower ones. It seems to be based on the clouds. One of the more gratifying things in this project is to see how people are delighted with our architecture, it evokes feelings.
Photos: Otto Medem de la Torriente
Mallorca Gold is luxury waterfront designer villa set in Santa Ponsa, a holiday resort in the south-west of Majorca, in the municipality of Calvià. The 6-bedroom south facing villa showcases spectacular views, with 4,521 square feet of living space plus terraces, nestled on a 1,250 square meters plot between the port of Puerto Adriano and the Nautical Club Santa Ponsa.
This stunning villa is listed for sale at $6,548,160, from here.
The residence is distributed over three floors. Ground floor: entrance hall, living room, dining room, kitchen, 1 bedroom with bathroom en suite, veranda. First floor: 1 master bedroom with dressing room en suite, 1 further bedroom with bathroom en suite, 2 bedrooms and 1 bathroom. Basement: Wellness and Spa area with Turkish bath, sauna, shower and Jacuzzi. 1 staff bedroom.
Very good building quality and equipment: central heating, under floor heating, air conditioning hot / cold, double glazed windows, hardwood and marble floors, electrical kitchen appliances by Gaggenau, alarm system, osmosis system. Beautiful garden with several open and covered terraces and salt chlorinated swimming pool. Parking for 2 cars.
AA House was designed for a family with two children by MVN Architects, located in Almeria, municipality of Mojacar, in the surrounding area of Cerro del Albar. It is a rugged topography, with steep and open distant horizon over the sea. On the site there exists a small platform, which will be used as base for the 3,067 square foot (285 square meters) building. The project needed to answer two questions raised by the client: One, offer a solution that would allow feeling the horizon as part of the house. Two, develop a housing program with the following needs: garage and kitchen; lounge dining room and office-library; main room, rooms for the children and guests; and a small sauna, workshop of sculpture and painting, and court-warehouse for drying and storage of parts.
The housing places on an existing platform oriented to the east, toward the Mediterranean Sea, in an area with a steep slope. Given the rugged terrain, the general organization of the project has been defined by the need to adapt in a rational way to the topography, avoiding dismantle that might be excessive and so minimize the impact that the building could suppose to the environment. The location of the home taking advantage of the small natural platform, minimizes earth moving and get a perfect adaptation of the architecture to the field. In lower levels, other platforms continue structuring the plot, creating zones of fruit-bearing trees and garden. Some of these platforms use existing stone walls in the plot, remains of ancient terraced plantations, thus recovering the character that had long ago the area. In this sense, the project maintains a constant relation with the environment, promoting the transition of scales and protecting the landscape value of the area.
The housing is organized into three bands that are displaced longitudinally: The services band, partially buried, anchoring the house on the slope. It organizes the uncovered parking, court of service, pantry and kitchen, the latter with a small terrace. The central band receives the main elements of the house. On having been delayed with respect to the other two, it sets up a large patio where is proposed the access, protected behind the fold of the walls. Once inside, a small patio glass distributes the routes, introducing a diffuse light sifted by vegetation.
The main double-height space articulates the relationship between the light and the horizon. Dining and living room establish a strong link with the sea, opening fully on a first platform that starts the dialog with the environment. This space is bounded by the dressing room and the main bedroom, which configure a cantilevered body over the visual flight of the landscape, again toward the coast line. The third band is the closure of the housing and its main facade. It includes rooms for the children, the guest room, the sauna, and the space for sculpture and painting, with a courtyard protected from the wind. A somewhat lower terrace provides an open space at noon, resolving the encounter with the ground.
The whole set is proposed as structural system of reinforced concrete, with Thermo-clay closure and solution of ecological flat roof supported by slab Filtron base. It is projected to finished with white monolayer mortar (with contribution of 10% of ochre) according to the architecture built in the area of influence of the Cerro del Albar. The pavement is solved with travertine marble, extending this finish to the outside to run ground platforms linked to the use of housing. In wet rooms and kitchen it is used compound of quartz and resins type Silestone to run tiled pavements.
The interior woodwork is white pre-lacquered MDF. The external joinery is composed of triple aluminium clad: the outer element is a sliding structure of adjustable slats; intermediate carpentry, a Climalit glass enclosure; and the inner element, a sliding mesh anti-insect. At the opening of the lounge toward the horizon, there are provided two spaces where fully collect the woodwork. On the outdoor spaces, surfaces that do not constitute open platforms to the horizon have been finished off with crushed aggregate of rocks from the area. The earth retaining runs through wall of riprap, selecting rocks of the area that will allow the integration of the project on the environment.
Photographs: Courtesy of MVN Architects
Camarines House is the modern vision of A-cero Architects, located on an exclusive residential neighborhood of Aravaca, on the outskirts of Madrid, Spain. The house has a total Built-up Area of 6,799 square feet (631.71 square meters), consisting of two parallel plans with vertical lines cross the construction like a double architectonic skin which becomes the leitmotiv of the property.
The rest of the building is developed around this central axis with many twin cubes creating a harmonic volume game. Next to this architectonic path appears the most public area with the kitchen and living-dining room. Meanwhile on the other side of the plan remain four complete en-suite bedrooms, one of them for guests.
All the villa is covered by white mortar monolayer that remarks the pure essence and the architectonic unity lines.
The ground floor is finished on white Macael marble, while the first floor is finished on wood. The white color covers all the house allowing reflexions of the light. A warm decoration between the tradition and modern make the perfect fusion between the container and content.
A sculptural staircase leads us to the first floor, where you can find the private spaces and the bedrooms of the owners. On one side a big bedroom and bathroom, on the other an office with library that connects with the living room through a double height.
Photos: Courtesy of A-cero – Joaquin Torres & Rafael Llamazares
Spanish architects Anna & Eugeni Bach have renovated an aging flat in Barcelona, Spain’s Ensanche district to show off its mosaic floors and decorative ceiling mouldings. This project changes the manner of inhabiting an apartment in this neighborhood through small and very specific operations that make the most of every corner as if dealing with a jigsaw puzzle and giving over the protagonist role to the existing elements, conserving, reusing or modifying them in order to create new spaces that seem to always have been like this.
The project consisted of the integral reforms of a dwelling in Barcelona´s Ensanche district that dates from the year 1910 and had never undergone any substantial modification in its 100 years of history. The state of the 1,399 square foot (130 square meters) flat, however, was deplorable, as its previous occupier suffered form compulsive hoarding syndrome and had accumulated all kinds of waste, leaving many of its elements in very poor condition. The ceilings (with magnificent rosettes and mouldings) and the floors (hydraulic paving made from small ceramic pieces) had been conserved relatively well, as was the case with some of the original joinery.
The starting point therefore consisted of conserving a layout that would permit the suite comprising the magnificent existing ceilings and floors to be maintained, concentrating any necessary changes required by the new program on the spaces that did not possess such characteristics.
In order to meet this objective the work was done room by room in an attempt in each case to adapt the new program to the rooms defined by ceilings and floors, recessing wardrobes or shifting partitions without modifying the limit of the rooms so that they would gain in functionality without losing their original limits. All the joinery has been conserved in either its original position or by shifting it to new rooms opened up in the flat´s “interior” volume, always respecting the original position of the floors and windows giving on the patio.
The generous height of this flat has been made use of to raise the floor of the en-suite bathroom by 60 cm, making room in a single space for the bath underneath the shower as well as a very useful storeroom-pantry underneath the floor, accessible from the corridor and next to the kitchen. This raising of the bathroom also means that in order to access it three steps have to be climbed from the bedroom, giving the flat a greater feeling of “domesticity” by introducing an element that is more typical of a detached family house than of a single-story flat.
Photos: Courtesy of Anna & Eugeni Bach
Villa CP is an old Catalan farmhouse that has been completely restored by Barcelonese studio ZEST Architecture, situated in Girona, Spain. A 21st century house has been created within the structure of the old stone property. The existing stone walls have been largely rebuilt, with enormous openings towards the landscape linking the house to its spectacular surroundings: a National Park of cork oak with distant views towards the Mediterranean.
ZEST Architecture’s work is always marked by sustainability, so it may not come as a surprise that this project sports materials and elements such as a natural pool whose water is filtered by plants and gravel, insulation with locally harvested and produced cork, clay and stray panel finishes in the interior and heating / cooling through a geothermal installation.
The old and the new (that which will age) strengthen each other in this project through their opposition and juxtaposition. The old has been left visible with all its scars, while new materials such as Corten steel, wood and clay, were chosen for the beauty of their natural imperfections and the way in which the traces left by time make them even more beautiful. Rain, wind, human touch…. will make sure that this house will be even more beautiful over time.
ZEST Architecture, founded by the Dutch architect Co Govers, will take part in the Biennale of Venice, which opens on 7 June 2014. The project Villa CP, the restoration of an old Catalan farmhouse, serves as inspiration for the installation that ZEST Architecture will present in Palazzo Mora, as participant in the exhibition “Time Space Existence”, organized by the Global Art Affairs Foundation.
Photos: Jesús Granada
This modern detached house was the vision of interior designer Marga Rotger in 2009, situated on Mallorca, an island in the Mediterranean Sea, in the Balearic Islands archipelago, in Spain. The designer worked with materials such as concrete for the roof and oak wood for the flooring. The set is characterized by the simplicity of the spaces with a minimalist setting. Earth tones in different textures give warmth to the whole space of 2,906 square feet (270 square meters).
From the designer: A modern house that has used noble materials such as concrete for the high ceiling in the sitting-dinning-room and oak wood floors that run throughout the home. The project is characterized for the simplicity of the open spaces with a minimalist but warm atmosphere.
The neutral earthy tones of the furniture, using different textures,add warmth and create a comfortable sensation. These tones are present in every room to create balance, without any strident or surplus ornamentation.
It has just the perfect amount of details to personalize the space and at the same time satisfy all the requirements of the client.
Photos: Gori Salvà
Window is a modern home design project that was completed in 2010 by Spanish architectural firm LADAA, located in Valencia, Spain. After analyzing the program requirements, the planning regulations and the topography of the plot, the following strategy was decided on: to establish a large “podium” on which to live. Furthermore this scale would allow the architects to accommodate part of the housing services and save the steep slope of the plot. This spectacular home is comprised of 8,019 square feet (745 square meters) of sprawling living space.
Coupled with this strategy, the decision to make the house in two unique stories allows us to rise and enjoy the views on the main floor without breaking the cornice height. In the same way and using the natural topography of the terrain we achieve that part of the piece which is embedded is totally exterior and can be considered as habitable space and used for guest bedroom and bedroom for the daughter of the family, adding a patio on the main facade as to achieve optimum ventilation and lighting of these rooms . In this way we release the ground floor, only destining it to day spaces and master bedroom, thus obtaining complete independence for guests and the daughter.
So the house is presented as a large orthogonal prism. Three of its vertical sides are almost opaque ( the entrance, and those facing the neighbors) and the fourth fully transparent, opening out to the spectacular views. The access to the house is by a slightly inclined path which leads us into the interior of the great piece, present but hidden from the street. We place a transparent glass box as a transition between the exterior and interior. Once inside the house, we are in a single space of 200 m2 . This large space is perceived as one, but can be segmented into different rooms.
Facing the large prism presents the podium on which are placed two large uncovered terraces and the main terrace. These areas are presented as a continuation of the interior space.Through a staircase we access the basement where we find the service spaces, the garage as well as the access to the habitable zone of this floor. In this area we have an audiovisual room and two bedrooms. To obtain a good lightning and ventilation of these rooms we plan two patios, one on the main facade and the second between the house and the pool, which together with the shape of the land allow us to create a basement which is completely exterior.
With this scheme, the house appears as a large box in which everything is made of glass and where the indoor-outdoor boundaries are not know, as well as a perfect prism on top with one of the sides totally open, almost deceiving us as it not only harbors edification but also serves to generate outer space, habitable and protected. It is important to mention that the garage entrance is considered as the main entrance or and accordingly the patio which appears in front of this entry is always bathed in the water from the pool and on a garden. So the housing is generated on the basement floor. The rest of the building is just an excuse for comfort.
We have sought a friendly home design to engage the existing terrain as much as possible to preserve the privacy of its inhabitants without this being an impediment to project an illuminated house open to the exterior. A very important aspect is the indoor-outdoor relationship. This relationship always occurs through a link, a combination that makes the privacy filter between inside and an outside uncontrolled. The house has been created based on a very simple idea: “Our house is the space above a carpet of black stone, our vantage point from which to look at the fabric of the world.”
Photos: Pere Peris
House in Las Rozas is a built set of integrating volumes and sheets that has been designed by A-cero Architects, situated in the township of Las Rozas in Madrid, Spain. According to A-cero aesthetics, modern projecting, blocks and plates define the design of this residential project with sculptural references. The house is located in Las Rozas, one of the wealthiest towns of Madrid. The dwelling’s plot has a surface of 1.368 square meters with a light slope that A-cero has used in order to adapt the building’s three floors: basement, ground floor and first floor. The building’s surface is 8,207 square feet (762.47 square meters).
The pedestrian access takes place by the ground floor where are located the most social rooms (living room, lounge and dining room) in the right side of the house. In the left side are the following rooms: a bathroom, cleaning room, a courtyard, kitchen – office, a larder and a cleaning room. In this level is also a porch that communicates with the dining room. An interior stair and an elevator communicate this level with the basement and the first floor.
The housing is provided with two swimming pools and two jacuzzi (for exterior and interior)
The first floor has 2,943 square feet (273.46 square meters) and includes the following rooms: two children bedrooms with dressing-rooms, bathrooms and a living room; a guests’ bedroom with bathroom; the main bedroom with two dressing-rooms and bathroom; a study that he communicates with a footbridge – library (to which also one gains access from the main bedroom) and two small courtyards. The basement includes facility quarters, storage room, quarter of implements for the garden and bicycles, interior swimming pool, gymnasium, sauna, massages room, cinema room and cellar.
Interiors stand out for their diaphanous distribution. It is a comfortable and habitable dwelling with ample areas. The beige marble with the wait walls and roofs produce a lot of clarity and luminosity in interiors. Furthermore, these colors create a spaciousness sensation in the house. Design, functionality and quality are the main concepts that have established this house´s design where elegance, modernity and simplicity stand out according to A-cero´s architecture.
Photos: Courtesy of A-cero Architects