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Sumit Singhal
Sumit Singhal
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.

PRIVATE HOUSE IN L’AMETLLA, Spain by MIRAG

 
June 28th, 2013 by Sumit Singhal

Article source: MIRAG

The house is located in L’Ametlla del Vallès in a sloping plot.

To the east, there is a street and a group of neighbouring private houses; to the west, views to the pinewood. In this environment, the intent of the building is to turn its back to the vehicular traffic and to open itself to the surroundings.

The building has two façades. The white one opens itself to the interior part of the plot, with views to the pinewood, Image Courtesy © Jordi Surroca

  • Architects: MIRAG
  • Project: PRIVATE HOUSE
  • Location: C/ Bertí, 17 in L’Ametlla del Vallès (Spain)
  • PhotographyJordi Surroca
  • Typology: Private house
  • Authors: MIRAG Arquitectura i Gestió (Pau Millet & Xavier Ramoneda, architects)
  • Year: September 2013
  • Building Engineering: GPCat Toni Floriach, building engineers
  • Structures engineering: Javier Monte, engineer
  • Facilities engineering: ORDEIC Oriol Ruiz Dotras, engineer
  • Developer: Private developer
  • Construction company: There was no construction company. The building was made by freelance manufacturers

Façade facing the garden, Image Courtesy © Jordi Surroca

Making the most of the characteristics of the plot, we placed the parking area in the street level in order to dispose the habitable spaces in the floor -1, where there is a direct access to the garden and a visual connection to the pine forest of L’Ametlla. Since all the spaces in this floor are arranged in parallel, every room enjoys natural light: bathrooms, bedrooms, kitchen, dinning room and living room. The only space located in the street floor is the studio, which serves as a sort of buffer area between the parking and the living room.

The building has two façades. The black one turns its back to the vehicular traffic and the neighbouring buildings, Image Courtesy © Jordi Surroca

The house has two façades. The street façade is opaque, dark, wave-like. Featuring just a window and a door, it isolates the house from the road and the passers-by. The garden façade is the polar opposite: it has big windows and is immensely bright. The broken lines that form the façade, as well as the composition of the apertures, all respond to the lighting needs of the inner spaces.

Image of the inner façade of the plot. All the habitable spaces give into the inner part of the plot. The composition of the façade responds to the intent to give every space a visual connection to the pinewood, Image Courtesy © Jordi Surroca

The building has two façades. The black one turns its back to the vehicular traffic and the neighbouring buildings, Image Courtesy © Jordi Surroca

Interior image. The living room features a double space, which connects with the studio, the only habitable space located on the street floor, Image Courtesy © Jordi Surroca

The staircase leads to the floor -1, linking four different spaces: studio, living room, dinning room and kitchen, Image Courtesy © Jordi Surroca

The studio. It is the only habitable space that is located on the street floor, and yet it keeps a close relation with the garden and the dining room, Image Courtesy © Jordi Surroca

The staircase leads to the floor -1, linking four different spaces: studio, living room, dining room and kitchen, Image Courtesy © Jordi Surroca

Main bathroom. Handmade glazed tile was chosen for this space, Image Courtesy © Jordi Surroca

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