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 H in Madrid, Spain by Abiboo Architecture
July 14th, 2016 by Sumit Singhal
Article source: Abiboo Architecture
House H is located in an exclusive area in Madrid. The house has a floor area of 16,145 sq. ft. (1.500 m2) and is the answer to the broad and diverse functional needs of the client, a well-known international sportsman.
In the residence, growth occurs in a non-hierarchical order, each space has different characteristics but similar importance. The villa is designed as a sponge, with multiple micro-spaces designed especially in relation with sensorial experiences and inter-related to each other.
The ground floor has the typical program associated with a villa along with many patios that make the house look bigger due to its integration with the site. The first floor includes spaces like office, guest rooms and play area. The basement includes spaces associated with oneself (meditation rooms, gym, spa) and with others (party areas and lounges).
The discontinuity expands from the inside to the materiality of the facades. The secondary areas are built with a façade in exposed concrete, while the day spaces in the center of the floor plan are in stucco and glass. Finally the night areas are shown to the outside in a metallic ventilated façade that reflects the light and create a strong contrast between all the different materials used.
The environmental commitment of the project is noticeable not only in the use of eco-friendly materials; the villa also pays special attention to passive strategies that respond to sun radiation, natural light and wind. The design leverages the local micro-climate through the existence of patios, water bodies, natural ventilation strategies and water management solutions while takes advantage of active environmental solutions such as the use of geothermal heat pumps that reduce considerably the CO2 consumption.
ABIBOO Architecture is a boutique firm with operations in New York (USA), Madrid (Spain) and Chennai (India). Through innovative design processes, exclusive attention to details, strong interest in construction technology and in the blurring frontiers of theory and practice, ABIBOO has specialized in Architecture, Urban and Interior Design. ABIBOO Architecture is currently designing and developing projects of many different scales in four different continents by combining the Latin creativity and passion, the Anglo-Saxon technical rigor and the fast global expansion offered by the emerging countries.
ABIBOO Architecture is led by Alfredo Munoz, an architect in Spain and International Associate of the American Institute of Architects. His practice and research focuses on the development of integral processes at the intersection of arts, engineering, sensorial approach to architecture and anthropology. Prior to ABIBOO Architecture, Alfredo Munoz worked in Europe, the Middle East, India, Japan and the USA for internationally renowned architects like Campo Baeza (Spain), Inaki Abalos & Juan Herreros (Spain), Toyo Ito (Japan) and Skidmore, Owings and Merrill (SOM) (USA) on major projects worldwide. He has been a Visiting Professor at European University in Madrid and lectured at Columbia University in New York, University of Pennsylvania, Pescara University, the Stockholm Royal Institute of Technology and Tongji University in Shanghai, among others.
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