Global Architecture & Design Award 2018. Private Residence (Built).
The starting point for this project was to preserve the site’s existing vegetation. All the built elements, even the arrangement of the access routes to the house, have been chosen in order to preserve the existing holm oaks and the other vegetation in the plot, linking it to the dwelling.
The strategy from the start was to open the house southwards in order to increase the amount of light entering the house, as well as enjoying the views of the garden.
The construction used is based on a solid timber structure assembled with 12cm-thick structural walls which have the advantage of not requiring any columns nor any other visual interruptions.The floor slabs also achieve great spans with little thickness and do not interfere with the architecture. These are prefabricated, customised units with a numerical control which provide a perfect assembly on site whilst achieving very high energy efficiency levels for the dwelling). The exposed structural timber in some internal areas also adds a feeling of warmth and comfort.
The result is a very homely dwelling, open, cosy and in constant dialogue with nature, with very warm spaces and in a very human scale, despite its 750m2 surface area.
The living room, dining room, office, gym, study, library, kitchen, TV room and guest bedroom are all in the ground floor. The first floor has two distinct areas which are joined by a corridor over the patio: one of them contains the master bedroom and the other has three further bedrooms.
The roof over the living room on this floor is used as an external patio with a porch. Finally, the garage, boiler room, and cinema are located in the basement.