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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.

Single family house in Madrid, Spain by hollegha arquitectos

 
May 20th, 2014 by Sumit Singhal

Article source: hollegha arquitectos

Being used to the spacial restrictions typical for a city with high density like Madrid, a 1 800m2 (19 370 sqft) plot almost makes you feel lost when you first enter it. We found it extremely important to create a home that integrates the outdoor space and makes it liveable. The climate is very dry and hot in summer, on the other hand you can use terraces all over the year if they are a little protected against sun, wind and rain.

Image Courtesy © Pablo Casares

Image Courtesy © Pablo Casares

  • Architects: hollegha arquitectos (Daniel Hollegha, Carlota Tamames, Brigitte Hollegha)
  • Project: Single family house
  • Location: Madrid, Spain
  • Photography: Pablo Casares
  • Site: Madrid, Spain
  • Completion: 2011
  • Total floor area: 752m2 (8 092 sqft)
  • Facade materials: aged zinc sheet, ipê wood

Image Courtesy © Pablo Casares

Image Courtesy © Pablo Casares

We decided to use the building to embrace and define the garden areas and create shady places for summer as well as protected areas for the rest of the year.

Also, we were impressed by the views which become more breathtaking the higher you go up.

It seemed to be clear that, whatever would be built on that spot should 1) spread and 2) rise.

Image Courtesy © Pablo Casares

Image Courtesy © Pablo Casares

The ground floor is the social area where the family with 3 children spends the day and gets together with friends. A spacious and well-equipped kitchen is connected to a 78m2 (839 sqft) living room, big glass sliding doors open up to the garden, protected by the terrace of the 1st floor bedroom area.

A separate wing along the western limit is destined to guests, staff and a private office with an open fireplace.

Image Courtesy © Pablo Casares

Image Courtesy © Pablo Casares

The master bedroom area, the only element on the 2nd floor, points directly to the east and is a look-out of the whole panorama: the snow covered mountain peaks in the north and to the east the green Pardo area with the skyscrapers of the city emerging behind.

The facade of the building has two different faces: the hermetic ondulated zinc to the north, the street side, that contrasts with the warm and comfortable Ipê wood facade of the garden side. Both are ventilated facade systems which are cooled in summer by the natural thermal movement of air.

Image Courtesy © Pablo Casares

Image Courtesy © Pablo Casares

Indoors, the very functional character of the house is kept up: cement floors, white walls, big windows, punching metal. Spaciousness, fresh air and daylight dominate the rooms.

About the office: 
Hollegha arquitectos is a Madrid-based studio run by austrian architects Brigitte and Daniel Hollegha since 2002.

Image Courtesy © Pablo Casares

Image Courtesy © Pablo Casares

Image Courtesy © Pablo Casares

Image Courtesy © Pablo Casares

Image Courtesy © Pablo Casares

Image Courtesy © Pablo Casares

Image Courtesy © Pablo Casares

Image Courtesy © Pablo Casares

Image Courtesy © Pablo Casares

Image Courtesy © Pablo Casares

Image Courtesy © hollegha arquitectos

Image Courtesy © hollegha arquitectos

Image Courtesy © hollegha arquitectos

Image Courtesy © hollegha arquitectos

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