This detached house is situated on a plot in the urbanization called "La Arboleda", on the outskirts of a very small town called Pioz, in Guadalajara (Spain).
The client requirements were only three: a high-rise living-room, lots of light everywhere,and a very simple concept house design. But, of course, there was a fourth one: a very small budget.
The strict municipal regulations imposed, inter alia, tiled roofs, angled, and traditional finishes such as plaster or brick face, looking for anodyne "traditional" architectural solutions.
So, we developed a simple and straightforward approach. The project as finally resolved by playing with two simple, clear and quite categorical volumes. The main body, single-storied, defined by a long single deck (yielding higher area nearly six feet high), houses the living room and the kitchen. And a second volume annex to the main one, and slightly slipped to it, two-storied, under classic low gable cover, where we located bedrooms, bathrooms and a study and reading area.
With a very simple projective tools, we obtained a simple but intentionally conceptual configuration.
In the interior space , the staircase, protagonist of the space of the living-room, lands on a "gateway Library" on the top floor, and connects an open reading area next to a large window, to the main terrace on the first floor. This cantilevered terrace is also able to provide ample sun protection to the living room.
A careful light game is designed from three points in the living room space, by a diagonal perspective to the big window in the reading area on the upper floor.
The facade composition was clear and simple, and finished in a thin white finish scraped monolayer mortar, contrasting the relatively abstract language achieved with neighboring buildings , even all had to observe the same municipal requirements.
Anecdotally, the house was called in a derogatory manner as "modern house" at the beginning of the works by many neightbors, ended up being dubbed "the beautiful modern house" at the end of the work by those same people.
Location: Pioz, Guadalajara, Spain
My Role: Architects
Additional Credits: ARQUITECTOS:
Emilio López Cruz
Emilio López Ruiz de Salazar
Daniel del Rey Hernández
Víctor Guerra Sánchez.
Delineación: Alfonso de Sala Ribé
Privado. (D.S. de la P.)
ÁLVAREZ BEDOYA, S.L.