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House of Steel and Wood, for Ex-Rugby Player, Ranón, Asturias, Spain by ecosistema urbana
February 11th, 2011 by Susan Smith
The design by ecosistema urbano of a contemporary wood structure was created for an ex-rugby player by combining and reinterpreting formal and constructive models of traditional architecture of northern Spain.
The location takes into consideration the climate conditions and respects the surrounding wooded area. It minimizes the impact on the landscape, and the construction detaches itself from the ground and it is only supported at four points. The original slope is maintained, the natural green cover of the ground passes below the house without any interference.
Materials used were a mixed structure of steel and wood that can be dismantled and recycled.
The enclosure is enforced by combining two types of wood (North Pine and Douglas Pine) with two different widths. The combination of elements used in the house emulate the natural landscape by using woods that may have characteristics of the bark of a new tree, creating a building that blends with nature.
The orientation and geometry of the building is adapted to surrounding climate conditions, designed without the need of heating or cooling.
ecosistema urbano believe in a double height space and fully glazed south-facing façade, replacing a conventional system of timber louvers as solar obstruction by a studied system of ventilation and openings in different orientations acting as hygrothermal regulator, an answer to the microclimate of the place.
The greater surface of facades avoids thermal losses. Ventilation windows are in all orientations, with crossed ventilation of all the spaces.
The north facade is protected by a previous space and a lattice windbreak.
The double height space is not conceived with spatial or compositional purposes, it is designed for regulating fundamental bioclimatic thermal performance of the house. It acts as a focal point temperature controller.
The house possesses functional flexibility, housing is transformable and seasonably changeable (the ground floor integrates distinct uses within a unique space that can be configured in different ways; the floor above can be transformed from one bedroom into two or three).