NORTHWEST AREA OF THE COMMUNITY OF MADRID
This 700 square meters isolated single-family house, with a CLT wood structure, was designed for a family with small children who trusted ÁBATON for the second time for the project. In this case, the studio developed the interior design and landscaping projects, as well as taking care of the architecture and construction.
The entrance to the house is through a covered platform, which is raised above the ground. This gives access to a hall in which the protagonist is a central patio, which functions as a nucleus around which the common spaces revolve. This patio is glassed on all four sides and makes all the spaces that surround it visually relate. Likewise, it allows the entry of light from the south into the north of the house and vice versa. It is designed to remain open during the mild climate months of the year, thus replacing circulation around the patio with paths through it. It also serves to ventilate the house at night while the perimeter of the house remains closed, maintaining its security. Ábaton designed the furnishing and decoration of this area to maintain the fluidity of the spaces linked by this central patio. In the same way, Ábaton took into account the importance of the total coherence that the visual connection caused by it demanded.
On the south side of this patio is the dining room, connected to it by a large window that, due to its orientation and size, projects an indirect, intense and constant light over the dining area.
The fireplace, suspended from the deck, is open in all directions and divides the living and dining areas. Next to it there is a bench executed in work in front of a fixed glass, which faces the patio to the west and through which the afternoon light enters. This light, together with the warmth of the fireplace, will make up one of the most enjoyable winter corners of the house.
Adjacent to the dining room is the living room, open to the east and south, where the main porch, garden and pool appear. The large sliding windows in this area were designed so that they could completely disappear behind the walls, giving this entire space, 3.6 meters high, the feeling of a large open porch.
Across from the dining room is the kitchen. Although the circulation with the space to the east is open, visually this connection is minimal. With a ceiling height of only 2.5 meters, the feeling of intimacy is sought. At the back of the kitchen is the daily dining room, which opens onto the garden through a window that, like others in the house, is completely hidden in the wall to transform the experience of interior space into exterior. The exposed concrete sheet on the kitchen ceiling projects to the south defining the barbecue porch; it is the most open covered space in the house, with a panoramic view of the surrounding nature, linked to the kitchen, the garden, the pool and the orchard.
To the north of the central patio and the living room entrance, the family area is located. The children’s room, to study or play, the cinema room, which overlooks the central patio in front of the dining room and the bedrooms and their adjoining areas. The cinema room receives light from the south through the patio and is connected to both the children’s room and their common dressing room. This last one is part of the discourse of connection between the members of the family: The bedrooms do not have closets for clothes. They all meet in the dressing room, which connects the bedrooms and bathrooms and becomes a meeting and interaction space between them.
Access to the master bedroom is through the bathroom-dressing room, flooded with light by a second patio with more tropical vegetation than the first. Again, large windows that can be hidden make the bathroom and dressing room appropriate and enjoy an intimate outdoor space. The bathtub is slightly recessed, thus approaching the vegetation of the patio. This was placed by the west window to enjoy the afternoon sun in winter.
Once in the main bedroom, we see how it faces south, enjoying one of the most privileged and at the same time private views, thanks to its layout with respect to the rest of the areas of the house. A large sliding door opens onto a sheet of water over which the pool, located on a higher level, overflows.
In front of the porch, adjoining the pool and by the request of the owners, a green meadow area was projected. The rest of the garden, still in an initial phase of growth, can be included in the “new perennial” landscape movement. With more than 50 species, it signifies, differentiates and accentuates the different spaces of the garden.
Team : Camino Alonso, Carlos Alonso, Ignacio Lechón, Fernando Alonso, Guillermo Santos, Carlos Jiménez, Miriam Arias
Photography: Belén Imaz