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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.

TERRACED HOUSE in Casavells, Baix Empordà, ( Girona ), Spain by 05 AM arquitectura

 
December 17th, 2013 by Sumit Singhal

Article source: 05 AM arquitectura

This terraced house is located in a long and narrow plot situated on the edge of a small village.

The house has a contrast with both open sides, to the north the old village with narrow streets of stone. And to the south the garden, the pool, the sun and the landscape.

Access is possible through the two facades at different levels, but is usually done with the car through the south facade.

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  • Architects: 05 AM arquitectura
  • Project: TERRACED HOUSE
  • Location: Casavells, Baix Empordà, ( Girona ), Spain
  • Photography: José Hevia
  • Surface: 303m²

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The house has a sunken level in the middles of the ground floor to have a better relation with the garden and the landscape, and the roof is fragmented to let the natural light pass through the different levels of the ground and the ceiling, we clearly identify the individual character and volume of each space with a different use, with an open space always luminous and linked to the landscape.

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On the lower ground floor we wanted to resolve the usual access to housing with the car, so we proposed to have a space with more attributes than a garage with a dark background. It is a transitional space between inside and outside of the house, a threshold where they can develop alternative uses for the space.

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With the aim to allow a good relation between different spaces, we placed in the middle space on an intermediate level between the basement and the main floor. It’s the place of leisure and study, as a common space where we place the library, a desk, and bleachers with the purpose of being a playground area for children, a meeting space or a home cinema.

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The main floor is a unique space, with a large opening at its southern end. From this level we can see the multifunctional space of the entry and the garden through the studio located at an intermediate level. In this floor we have the main uses, the kitchen, the living room and the terrace. And in the north side also we have the entry from the village street.

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On the first floor where we have the bedrooms, a slab breaks it into three, leaving two open gaps between them that allow the passage of the overhead light to the ground floor. These three slabs are placed at different heights to qualify and define spatially the different uses that are located on the lower floor.

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It is a house that provides solutions to the conditions and takes full advantage of the benefits of its location, creating a pleasant indoor space with many possibilities of use, and ways to connect and qualify the spaces.

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Company registered in the Official College of Architects of Catalonia on 20 February 2006.

Zero Cinc AM arquitectura s.c.professional (hereinafter 05 AM) is a company engaged in the field of architecture, drafting of projects and project management, both for new construction, rehabilitation and interior design.

It comprises two partners, Joan Arnau Farràs and Carmen Munoz Ramírez, who accumulate 10 years of experience between external collaborations and projects.

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After years of working separately in helping architectural firms, they decided to establish the company in 2006 to generate a stable team, able to better answer the needs that clients, public and private, have about the execution of his constructions.

05 AM architecture has a multidisciplinary team of specialized consultants (geologists, surveyors, architects, technical architects, engineers …) and a team of internal collaborators (architects and architecture students in recent years), that help us to realize the projects.

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Philosophy office

We believe that architecture is a great opportunity for the coincidence between the desires and needs of the client, the specific site, the attributes of space and light, construction technology available … Coincidence that we use as a material essential to conceptualize a positive response architecture.

In defining the various projects, we try to ask questions and at the same time to answer them in parallel.

We try that functional resolution, the definition of the structural system and the definition of  the constructive system, have a relationship between them for qualifying result.

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To meet the current demands of the architecture (speed of execution, resource economics, environmental friendliness …) we believe the definition should be based on construction techniques and contemporary materials. We believe that you can not miss the opportunity offered by the industrial sector linked to the construction, incorporating it, as an ally to obtain a building more effective.

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Furthermore we believe the best way to solve the constructive problems, it is not generate them. A simple constructive resolution without unnecessary complications, through the use of certain traditional concepts should be the basis for a sensible use of technology.

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