Madrigal House BUILDING A MICROCOSM

Comunidad Valenciana 2017 905 m²

The development of the project was based on a set of program-containing boxes and sunlight-capturing courtyards, sewn together between two horizontal platforms that enclose the space.

The house is confined within stone walls as an enclosure, thus generating an intimate space where you can build a universe of your own.

Ramón Esteve

Horizontality

In order to highlight these elements, the floor has been risen 30 cm from the ground level. This pavement and the white concrete roof, which hold the boxes where the different rooms are settled, enhance the sensation of horizontality.

Set of boxes

The arrangement of the boxes between the concrete slabs generates in-between spaces that sew the volumes and host the common areas of the dwelling. These interior spaces, which are extended outside, point to framed sights of the garden that surrounds the house and allow crossed views between different points.

The volumes under the slab are presented as containers of the more private rooms and are noticed due to their different heights.

Materials

Materials are displayed in its raw form, by using wood, natural stone and concrete. The boxes that contain the rooms are made of stone masonry, thus standing out from the rest of the building because of their material.

The access of sunlight into the dwelling is filtered by the wooden shutters. The horizontal slab which supports the boxes is displayed in white concrete, in its natural state.

Lights and shadows

There is an interplay with natural light by controlling its indirect access to each room. The spaces created between the volumes and the openings on the slab create a contrast between light and shadow throughout the building.

The setting back of the volumes has been mirrored in the design of the swimming pool, a shattered rectangle that recalls the horizontal set and horizontal composition introducing these elements.
  • Architect

    Ramón Esteve

  • Project Team

    María Martí
    Anna Boscà
    María Luna
    María Parra

  • REE Collaborators

    Tudi Soriano

  • Extern Collaborators

    Índigo Ingeniería
    Prodein Ingeniería

  • Landscaping

    Gustavo Marina Paisajistas

  • Technical Architect

    Emilio Pérez
    Carolina Tarazona

  • Constructor

    COVOP