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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.

House of wood in Chamartin, Madrid, Spain by Nieto Sobejano Arquitectos

March 20th, 2014 by Sumit Singhal

Article source: Nieto Sobejano Arquitectos

The decision to build a new house in a 1950’s neighbourhood of single family dwellings had to confront the by-laws which not only prohibited the demolition of a previously existing building lacking any architectural value, but also explicitly protected the original construction materials as well as its volume, covered by a hipped roof. Our proposal produces an in-depth transformation of the building on the basis of just two architectural operations: a new wood envelope around the existing volume of the old house, and a central spine that runs through the full height of the interior spaces.

Image Courtesy © Hisao Suzuki

  • Architects: Nieto Sobejano Arquitectos (Fuensanta Nieto, Enrique Sobejano)
  • Project: House of wood
  • Location: Madrid, Spain
  • Photography: Hisao Suzuki, Luis Asin
  • Program: Residential
  • Total floor area: 500 m²
  • Project team: Carlos Ballesteros, Mauro Herrero, Juan Carlos Redondo
  • Site supervision: Nieto Sobejano Arquitectos, Miguel Mesas Izquierdo
  • Structural engineer: N.B.35 S.L.
  • Mechanical engineer: Aguilera Ingenieros S.A.
  • Completion: 1.999

Image Courtesy © Luis Asin

The envelope consists of a skin of high-density plywood boards. This skin is attached to the existing walls leaving an intermediate buffer zone that also enables it to act as a ventilated façade. The copper roof provides continuity to the colour of the façade wooden panels. Inside, the service elements -wardrobes, bookshelves, electronic appliances, ducts, pantry etc.- are concentrated in one central feature, that creates the real backbone of the house.

Image Courtesy © Hisao Suzuki

Image Courtesy © Luis Asin

Image Courtesy © Hisao Suzuki

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