House Among Pines

by XPIRAL
House Among Pines XPIRAL

The house among pines acts as an interface between domestic life and the land. It is a device that allows inhabiting the plot. It is not a house for vacation but for daily use. In this way, the whole space is for the enjoyment of its inhabitants.
The lower area is voided in the mountain, inlaid with the uses that hardly require sunlight and the main access to the upper floor. Between this access and the one to the plot, the shadow of the cantilevered upper area creates an exterior suburban hall, thought as a car access.
The upper part is a staple shaped piece stuck to the rock. It remains suspended, and generates in its hollow, south and east façades that let the sun and the breeze in the habitable space.
The central courtyard gives maximum openness between inside and outside, without a lack of privacy. Walls are completely transparent so, by night, when lights are lit, all the spaces of the house become one unitary space.
Installation devices are situated in a peripheral cavity so it is easily accessible for maintenance from the outside. In that way you can see the materials without any make-up: concrete, thermo-clay…The steel cover wraps everything, like a veil. It protects us from the weather and from the aggression of others sights, and allows us to look at the spots we wish.
Over it all, in the sunniest area, there is a solarium and a swimming-pool that get a better sun exposition and better views. The roof blocks the sight from the neighborhood, and takes the eye to the horizon, the valley, the mountains…
SUSTAINABILITY
Formal aspects
By means of the peculiar relation with the site, we obtain open façades to the good orientations: south and east.
The geometry of the house defines a breezy space with shadow underneath the cantilever, where conditions are optimal, even in the hottest days.
The forest is the garden of the house. Once the works were finished, the same number of trees that had been pulled up were replanted around the house. The vegetable matter was recovered by a hydro-sowing with native seeds which allows a natural scattering of the species.
Construction materials
We are using natural materials that link the house with the environment: the rocks from the plot were re-used as raw material for the stone-work retaining walls; vegetation is used as construction material; external pavements are in wood.
“High tech” materials as Robertson sandwich panels, “heat mirror” glazing or thermo-clay are used to manage an optimal energetic performance.
Constructive system
The sun is filtered by a system of mobile slats and a selective glass “heat-mirror” type.
Windows are equipped with A.S.K grilles that assure a light, continuous, cross ventilation with a minimum leakage of heating or air conditioning.
Structure and walls are wrapped by a layer of Robertson sandwich panel and an air cavity that give the house a considerable inertia that allows to keep temperature stable inside.

Photos by: Juan de la Cruz Megías and Jesus Granada

Sponsor

Sponsor

  • House Among Trees

    House Among Trees

    The landscape of Mar Azul, a seaside resort near Villa Gesell and 400 km from Buenos Aires, is full of thick forest of different kinds of pine trees, acacias and black poplars as w...

  • City View

    City View

    Inspired by the clients' desire for a house that reflects their values and lifestyle, this house takes an architecturally minimal approach with simple massing and a simplified mate...

  • Appartement Spectral

    Appartement Spectral

    Spectral apartment is a renovation project of a small Parisian studio, in which the lack of natural light led the client to ask us to intervene particularly on the issue of artific...

  • NeMo

    NeMo

    NeMo (New Modern) was completed by Phil Kean Designs, and it is located in Winter Park, Florida. The home is of a sophisticated design, with stone walls, elegant decorative accesso...

  • Home in Montpellier

    Home in Montpellier

    This elegant contemporary home is located in Montpellier, in the South of France. It was designed by N+B Architectes and completed in 2013. Floor Plan Section ...

  • No. 210

    No. 210

    No. 210 is a residential project completed by Buildall Homes Inc. in Toronto, Canada. The interior of this loft is warm and stylish, and has a unique eclectic elegance. ...

  • Beach House in Las Arenas

    Beach House in Las Arenas

    The project consists of a small house on a beach a hundred miles south of Lima and explores the expansion of the conventional uses of a beach house. To that end, a container box ha...

  • Ita House

    Ita House

    Taller5 has been successful in a play whose main theme is the balance between large windows, water mirror and stone finishes through two architectural bodies cuddling a vacuum.

  • Antokolsky Apartment

    Antokolsky Apartment

    This urban residence, set in the heart of Tel Aviv was designed for a fashion designer and owner of a boutique and brand bearing her name – JERRY. The building was designed as tr...

  • Maheshwari Triplex

    Maheshwari Triplex

    The Triplex Delight
    A residential project designed by combining multiple flats to form a beautiful Triplex home. It’s a home which gives the feel of an elevated bungalow a...

Mit der Nutzung unserer Webseite, stimmen Sie der Verwendung von Cookies zu. Mehr erfahren.