FORMAL POWER AS A CONTEXTUAL RESPONSE
A former seminary and residence for the Legionnaires of Christ with a natural setting of great interest. A residential area with low population density and where the Mediterranean forest dominates the terrain. This is our project´s point of departure.
From the very beginning, this has been considered a new project since only one section of the original structure was maintained in the new construction which has completely remodeled all other spaces, including the exterior areas.
The house is comprised of one powerful white block with various levels, each corresponding to a specific function. Although the large surface area of the plot ensures a vast separation between this building and its adjacent properties, each exterior side of the block also carries out a function specific to its position on the land plot. The longitudinal sides to the north and south conserve a continuous white surface that presents a specific number of spaces contained within. The sides facing east and west, however, remain totally open by means of large windows which are limited only by the black marble walls and the wooden cantilever. On the eastern side, these cantilevers stretch out over the lower level porches and create the sensation of continuity by extending the interior rooms out into the exterior, where they ultimately reach the pool area.
As if in contrast to the powerful main structure, an annexed horizontal pavilion emerges. Its exterior length delimits the pool and solarium areas, and inside, we find the barbecue area and outside washroom.
The division of spaces is determined by their function. The parking and leisure areas are in the semi-basement, the day area on the ground floor, and the night area on the first floor. The vertical circulation areas join the three floors by means of a triple stairway reaching three altitudes and a grand central atrium with a double altitude. The main element of this atrium is its zenith skylight that provides natural illumination to the central spaces in both altitudes of the house. It creates a singular space that corresponds with the entrance vestibule on the ground floor and the hallway on the second floor.
The interior horizontal organization of the house is created by a series of parallel walls of black marble that cross the house from the west façade (entrance) to the east (garden-pool) and that are sporadically broken up by functional blocks (for example, the kitchen cupboards or the living room chimney) or by storage, made of walnut wood. These walls help to delimit the interior sub-spaces like the stairway, kitchen, dining room and rooms on the ground floor; or the four bedrooms on the second floor with their respective exterior terraces.
The flooring is adapted to the use that corresponds with each of the functions: a continuous concrete pavement in the semi-basement; ceramic flooring on the ground floor which extends to the terraces, porches, and to the pool area; and oak wood paneled flooring on the second floor.
This is a house whose plan was conceived with three ideas in mind: a bifacial adaptation to the immediate surroundings both lengthwise and crosswise, the clearly defined relationship in height between the interior and exterior; and, ultimately, the use of natural illumination, whose special treatment results in zenithal lighting in the large center courtyard as well as incoming natural light through the large windows in the porches and terraces.
Arquitectos | Architects
RUBEN MUEDRA ESTUDIO DE ARQUITECTURA
Ubicación | Location
46980 Paterna – Urb. Cruz de Gracia, Valencia, Spain
Arquitecto a Cargo | Principal Architect
Fotografías | Photographer
Adrián Mora Maroto
Colaboradores | Collaborators
Ángela Gómez, Inés Fabra
Estructura | Structure
Arquitecto Técnico | Building Engineer
Diseño Interior | Interior Design
Rubén Muedra Estudio de Arquitectura
Construcción | Construction
Superficie Construida | Built Area
Superficie Parcela | Plot Surface
Año de Proyecto | Project year
Año de Construcción | Construction year
2018 (18 meses)
COCINA | KITCHEN:
Modelo_ SERIE ELEA
Acabado_ Rechapado en madera natural de nogal americano
Encimeras_ Laminado de Bulthaup, color antracita / Rechapado en madera natural de nogal americano
ISLA INDUSTRIAL ADISA
Modelo_ DISEÑO PROPIO
Acabado_ Acero inoxidable
PAVIMENTOS | PAVEMENTS:
Interior: Modelo_ BEREN LIGHT GREY 120X120
Exterior: Modelo_ BEREN LIGHT GREY 120X120
Interior: Modelo_ TOUCHÉ SÚPER BLANCO-GRIS 150X320
Modelo_ ROBLE PAZ 19X190
ILUMINACIÓN | LIGHTING:
Modelos_ SHOT LIGHT TRIMLESS / SHOT LIGHT M TRIMLESS / SWAP / SWAP ASYMMETRIC / POP UP / POINTER / FOX / IO / SIX / SPIN / ART / SALT / BLACK FOSTER / SCOPE
INTERRUPTORES Y MECANISMOS | SWITCHES:
Modelo_ LS 990
Acabados_ Blanco alpino / Dark
CARPINTERÍA DE ALUMINIO | ALUMINUM CARPENTRY:
Modelos_ NC-S 120 STH Slim / NC 50 STH
Acabado_ Color de Metra_M2000 iron texturizado
FACHADA REVESTIMIENTO | FACADE REVETMENT:
Modelo_ STORM NEGRO 150X300
Modelo_ Schottendeck Teck Ipe Schotten 146X5000
PINTURAS | PAINTING:
Modelo_ KEIM Innotop
Acabado_ Ral 9010 mate
ENCIMERAS | WORKTOP:
Modelo_ BEREN LIGHT GREY
Modelos_ TOUCHÉ SÚPER BLANCO-GRIS / STORM GRIS
Acabado_ Glacier White
GRIFERÍA | FAUCET:
Modelo_ TRICOLORE VERDE
SANITARIOS | TOILET:
Modelo_ ME by Starck
MANIVELAS | HANDLES:
Modelo_ AMSTERDAM con mini roseta
Acabado_ Acero inoxidable satinado color F69
Modelo_ Panel Fibralac Lacado Blanco.
CLIMATIZACIÓN | AIR CONDITIONING:
CALEFACCIÓN | HEATING:
Modelos_ STRADA / EMPOTRADO / MINI DE PIE / PANEL PLUS VERTICAL
SISTEMAS AUDIOVISUALES | AUDIOVISUAL SYSTEM:
Modelos_ BEOLAB 90 / BEOLAB 18 / BEOLAB 9 / BEOSOUND 9000 / BEOSOUND CORE / BEOVISION ECLIPSE 65 / BEOVISION ECLIPSE 55