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From the architect: In NIU's systematized architecture, each N290 is the same and at the same time different from the rest. The adaptation of the model to their landscape makes them unique. Its insertion into the topography, in this case over a slope, leads the project to an accommodation of an access staircase that becomes a project in itself. The house saves and circumvents the imposing pine trees that characterize the house.
The configuration of the house is made around a central courtyard, which reminds us of an impluvium. Four pieces with the same morphology, open on the long sides and closed on the short sides, are radially intertwined generating four outdoor spaces with different characters. An exterior space for the day area, another for the kitchen, an exterior space related to the bedrooms and another that functions as a pedestrian entrance area. The interior spaces of the house extend to the exterior, with exactly the same dimension, like a carpet that gives continuity to the spatial sequence. Thus, the habitable volume is extended and only the shade and the climate control will tell us whether we are inside or outside.
The building envelope is materialized by a piece of extruded aluminum. The metallic sheen of the aluminum helps to integrate the house to its surroundings as it adopts the tones of the garden around it and its appearance is modified during the day, as the temperature of the light changes. We are fascinated by the sensation this evokes when we implement each house with this system, the result is simultaneously identical and unique.
Architect: Fran Silvestre Arquitectos
Location: Torrente, Spain
Principal in Charge: Fran Silvestre, Andrea Baldo, Gino Brollo, Laura Bueno
Project Manager: Francisco Moreno
NIU Team: Mauro Díaz, Jaime Rabell, Susana León
Industrial Engineer: Jaime Gorgues
Engineer: Mar Querol
Finance: Maria José Uhrich
Techinical: Julio García
Interior Design: Alfaro Hofmann
Collaborating Architect: María Masià, Pablo Camarasa, Ricardo Candela, Estefanía Soriano, Sevak Asatrián, Carlos Lucas, Jose Manuel Arnao, Miguel Massa, Paloma Feng, Javi Herrero, Paloma Feng, Paco Chinesta, Anna Alfanjarín, Lucas Manuel, Nuria Doménech, Andrea Raga, Olga Martín, Valeria Fernandini, Sandra Insa, Gemma Aparicio, Alejandra Ugena, Víctor Roger, Uriel Tarragó, Rubén March, Rosa Juanes, MArch Arquitectura y Diseño (Angelo Brollo, Toni Cremades, David Cirocchi, Gabriela Schinzel, Víctor González, Sabrina D’amelio)
Construction / Developer: NIU Architectural
Photography: Jesús Orrico