The Aluminum House of Madrid, Spain

Picture this: you have a consolidated landscape that is surrounded by various gardens containing large and tall trees located within the metropolis of Madrid, Spain. What do you do? Would you camp there? Erect a forest cabin getaway? Or, house about using this area as the fortunate and opportune starting point of buildings an aluminum house.  Architects Fran Silvestre, Jordi Martínez, María José Sáez of  Fran Silvestre Arquitectos — with help from fellow architects Fran Ayala, Ángel Fito designed this metallic and horizontal slab, which technically only has the use of one story.

The house, measuring at almost 96,000 square meters, contains a sense of proportion and materiality that both contrasts and blends with the big and tall trees of its local environment.  The scale of the Aluminum House is moderated via the understanding of the day area as the base that emerges from the same natural stone that paves part of the plot, while the night zone is placed on it and focuses the natural view to the north and south of the property to provide privacy from the neighbors.  The night zone also produces shaded terraces to be used to enjoy the views of the local environment.  The house utilizes a substantially square plan design in order to unite the home’s program in a compact way, as the staircase and central inner atrium distribute out to the rooms, creating the functional hierarchy that allows all spaces to open up to the outside garden spaces.

 

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