Sumit Singhal loves modern architecture. He comes from a family of builders who have built more than 20 projects in the last ten years near Delhi in India. He has recently started writing about the architectural projects that catch his imagination.
Vars House in Madrid, Spain by Aceboxalonso
August 10th, 2012 by Sumit Singhal
Article source: Aceboxalonso
It is located on a hill, dominating the sights – Madrid is 12 km. far (or close) but the nearest context is understood as “natural”. It was a big house, and we wanted to make as small effect on the landscape as we could, but at the same time the landscape had to add a strong effect on the interior. No colors, no synthetic or “artificial” materials; as low as possible; the “profile” of the house had to talk the language of the place as one more of the lines in the horizon.
So we modified the horizontal scheme.Topography provoked to raise and to open a way, an invitation to enter. Other movements apply to adapt it to the topography that descends after the summit happens, We modified the shape of the ground to stablish a new kind of dialogue between house and ground level. So we dug a very big platform and the lower space became the space among some bulky objects; they were constructed with dull concrete to resemble the texture and color of the ground.
Spatial ergonomy (to form from inside). The spaces are organized so that height depends on the importance and privacy of the areas. We studied every place and conditions of habitability, according to the activity that will happen in it (individual or collective) and the position of the inhabitant (lying, sitting, or standing). We try to form from inside through criteria of Ergonomics. The owner of this house is someone who works on the third environment, internet and the new technologies, and in his house there is a media room & working space from where the house and his business are managed.
Transcription of structural efforts.
In Vars house we proposed that all the information that our structural engineer could give us about the efforts that give place to a variable thickness we were going to introduce them into the project. We were looking that the good observer is capable of reading its structural behavior in the same way as our geographer understands the forms of the nature, like the rolling stone transmits the information about the process that ended in its form ..,So we captured all the graphics from the computer and translated it into shapes, drawing all the different thickness to details and shaping the structure as an sculpture.
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