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Thu 8.4.

’360 House’ by SUBARQUITECTURA (ES)

Posted by Nora Schmidt on 08.04.2010 - Tagged as: , , , ,

'360 House' by Subarquitectura, photo by David Frutos Ruiz

The Spanish architectural practice Subarquitectura recently finished this sculptural sloped single family residence in Galapagar near Madrid. The plan demonstrates the well utilised spaces and the moments of intimacy and community this extraordinary composition offers.

'360 House' by Subarquitectura, photo by David Frutos Ruiz

Here is what the architects say:

“A unique opportunity for us is in reality a problem that’s been posed thousands of times: to construct a house with a public programme of social relation, associated with the prívate life of a numerous family on a sloping plot of land with privileged views of the mountains outside Madrid. It has not one solution, there are many, they’re even catalogued in books about houses of a slope.
We try not to think of domestic spaces. On the contrary, we take as a point of reference works of engineering, motorway intersections, changes of direction. We proceed from generic solutions to the problem of descending, solutions that conceal great plasticity. We seek the poetic in all that seems to have been considered from the merely pragmatic point of view.
The result is the literal construction of a use diagram. In this instance, form does not follow function, but is instead function itself. Cyclical movement, routine and surprise turn into a way of living.”

'360 House' by Subarquitectura, photo by David Frutos Ruiz

“Its formal complexity offers the possibility of reaching all points of the house through two different routes, which multiply the possibilities of use and enjoyment. It has the form of a loop, 360º, like the shapes skaters make, like of gymnasts, as artistic as they are precise.
An extreme shape, the house is curved, generating the greatest quantity of linear meters towards the good views. It is shored up in the landscape and turns back on itself, completing the revolution. The degree of intimacy increases as the distance to the ends increases. At the midpoint, a mediatheque, isolated and completely dark, 100 % technology, 0 % landscape.
With a single gesture two ways of moving are generated: going down and looking outwards. The long house, a sinuous movement, a descent by ramp and ample turning radii tangential to the setbacks of the plot of land generate a panoramic vision. The short house, the quick way in a straight line, stairs of direct descent and a deep view towards the landscape.
A building that is black outside, absorbent, of slate, a material specific to the location, imposed as an aesthetic specification of the area. White inside, reflective, generic, neutral, and luminous. Life incorporates colour, outside with the vegetation and inside with the people.”

'360 House' by Subarquitectura, photo by David Frutos Ruiz

'360 House' by Subarquitectura, photo by David Frutos Ruiz

'360 House' by Subarquitectura, photo by David Frutos Ruiz

Plan

to the Subarquitectura profile @ Architonic

photo by Juan de la Cruz Megías

photo by Juan de la Cruz Megías

The Spanish architects of SUBARQITECTURA realised these laboratories for the UMH University in Orihuela / Spain together with their collegue J.M. Torres Nadal. The building is located inside the Campus de los Desamparados in Orihuela, next to a lemon orchard. There, the conditions of light, lack of rain and heat are extreme, exceeding 40º C during the summer months.

photo by Juan de la Cruz Megías

photo by Juan de la Cruz Megías

“Laboratories and departments are grouped by a structure of interspersed rings, which contain a system of semi-outdoor courtyards connected with each other at different levels.

These rings are composed of three white plastic strips: the bottom one, in contact with the ground, is semi-transparent and porous, and lets you view the outside when you are sitting; the middle strip, very opaque and technical, leads the large volume of required facilities inside; and the last one, very diffuse, regulates the atmosphere and creates shadows, as a big cloud.”

photo by Juan de la Cruz Megías

photo by Juan de la Cruz Megías

“The semi-open courtyards become important meeting spaces, while allowing access to labs. In its technified semi-interior, conditions of light, humidity and temperature are locally modified by multiple infra-red and humidifiers.”

photo by Juan de la Cruz Megías

photo by Juan de la Cruz Megías

photo by Juan de la Cruz Megías

photo by Juan de la Cruz Megías

Client: UMH (Universidad Miguel Hernández)

Built Area: 1954 m2

Completed in June 2008

to the SUBARQUITECTURA website

to the J.M.Torres Nadal website

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