This particular condition of the site, the border between the urban and the nearby countryside landscape, defines the starting point for the project.
In the house surroundings we can find empty plots, new dwellings from several Real State Developments, industrial buildings, abandoned constructions… we are on a typical urban border configuration where the town is on a growing up process.
In this situation, following the client character and the way of living of “La Mancha” area, where people understands their houses as a private familiar sphere with all the action happening inside and no one seeing it from the outside, the house closes itself from the exterior and it is open to its interior.
Low final house budget was a very important worry for the client from the first moment, so we decide to go for a simple building, with easy construction systems, listening and following carefully the local construction tradition.
The house is defined then by a structural solid brick wall covered by white stucco, on the plot perimeter, that breaks itself and continues towards the interior, generating all the spaces requested on the brief.
Following Mora vernacular domestic architecture, you can access to the house from a hallway, a space between shadows and light, between closed and open, that continues towards a triangular patio. All the house works around this patio and this space (together with the structural wall thickness and materials) are the building climate controllers. The patio can be covered with a canopy; windows and doors can be opened and closed depending on the sun conditions, on the same way that architecture has work since hundreds of years on the area.
Interior spaces are continuous and at the same time different. Despite the small size of the construction we get a good dynamism and functionality.
Materials are simple and cheap, from nearby suppliers, cutting CO2 emissions in transport, and related with “La Mancha” ancient tradition and the semi-industrial contemporary urban border were the building is.
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Project: Casa 2xS
Area: 240 m2
Design: OOIIO Architecture | http://www.ooiio.com/
Team: Joaquín Millán Villamuelas, Luis Alberto Embid
Construction Project Manager: Agripino Gómez de Zamora Serrano
Construction Safely Manager: Joaquín Millán Villamuelas
Estructures: Raúl Velandrino Poveda
MEP: Sergio Velandrino Poveda