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.
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.
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