GRACE HOUSE

POWERFUL CARVED TRAVERTINE PRISM

The house is located in a private residential area with low population density and characterized by its large open spaces, gardens, and extensive woodlands. In this setting, we are met by a house from the 1970´s, whose poor construction has left only part of its base structure, and whose peculiar positioning has created a diamond-shaped plot.  

The initial response consists of fully completing the preexisting prism via sculptural methods by modeling a complete structure from travertine marble and, subsequently, sculpting horizontally (the floors) as well as vertically (the heights) to form each empty cube. Using this method, we move from the entrance of the house to each of its terraces.  

In this manner, a pure, solitary and geometrically vibrant structure is created and also takes advantage of the wide open spaces as a response to the functional necessities of each element. The first space corresponds to the entrance to the house (and is the only finished square floor at semi-basement level).  Following the same style, every zenithal hollow gives rise to a private terrace that acts as a filter for each of the main bedrooms.  Likewise, in height, each room is provided with a square space whose position, size and opening system responds to its specific functional needs.  

The house is at a 45º rotation angle to the plot, which allows for an extension from interior to exterior on all four sides of the structure.  Similarly, the functional program is distributed by sections according to the different uses that each space will have.  The semi-basement is the parking and leisure area; the ground floor is the day area and is characterized by progressive, free-flowing spaces that open up to the exterior; and the first floor is for the night areas with their exclusive terraces.  

The powerful travertine that wraps around the building in a continuous line, contrasts with the wealth of materials used on the inside whose functions have been adapted according to the necessities.  Continuous pavement in the parking area, textiles in the film room, synthetic materials in the gym, ceramics in the day area and wood in the night area.  Also used are vertical coverings comprised predominantly of walnut and marble effects in black and white.

The house´s sculpted shape gives rise to its use of natural illumination as an additional construction material.  It controls, filters, and sifts the incoming light according to its use and orientation.  It distributes artificial light in the same manner by making use of concealed lighting, combining linear, circular and punctual effect sequences depending on the needs of the interior and exterior spaces.  The house also has sophisticated installation and automatic systems that allow users to control every one of the devices in the home (IoT). This house is designed by and for its inhabitants, and it puts many of the Well Building principles into practice.  

In the exterior, the garden areas stand out and progress in intensity and density. Beginning with the white gravel garden in the entrance and continuing to the grassy area with trees near the pool, the gardens belonging to the house intertwine and fuse with the wooded areas in the surrounding landscapes.  

In summary, this is a progressively adaptive and sensitive project.  Beginning with the pure travertine block characterized by large hollowed-out spaces, it reaches a vast richness and variety from its versatility of programs and materials, both interior and exterior.

Arquitectos | Architects
RUBEN MUEDRA ESTUDIO DE ARQUITECTURA

Ubicación | Location
46980 Paterna, Valencia, Spain

Arquitecto a Cargo | Principal Architect
Rubén Muedra

Fotografías | Photographer
Adrián Mora Maroto

Colaboradores | Collaborators
Ángela Gómez, Raúl García

Estructura | Structure
Emilio Belda

Arquitecto Técnico | Building Engineer
Rubén Clavijo

Diseño Interior | Interior Design
Rubén Muedra Estudio de Arquitectura

Construcción | Construction
Nideker Houses

Superficie Construida | Built Area
581,10 m2

Superficie Parcela | Plot Surface
1240,00 m2

Año de Proyecto | Project year
2018

Año de Construcción | Construction year
2019 (13 meses)

COCINA | KITCHEN:

BULTHAUP

www.bulthaup.com

Modelo_ SISTEMA B3

Acabado_ Laminado en color grafito

Encimera_ Laminado en color grafito

PAVIMENTOS | PAVEMENTS:

INALCO

www.inalco.es

Interior: Modelos_ ANTAL GRIS 100X100 / PETRA CREMA 100X100 / STORM GRIS 100X100

Exterior: Modelos_ ANTAL GRIS 100X100 / PACIFIC GRIS 100X100 / PACIFIC BLANCO PLUS 100X100

WINCO

www.winco.es

Modelo_ ROBLE RÚSTICO 19X190

REVESTIMIENTOS | TILING:

INALCO

www.inalco.es

Interior: Modelos_ TOUCHÉ SÚPER BLANCO-GRIS 150X300 / STORM NEGRO 150X300 / STORM GRIS 150X300 / PETRA CREMA 100X250

Exterior: Modelo_ PACIFIC GRIS 100X50

ILUMINACIÓN | LIGHTING:

FLOS

www.flos.com

Modelos_ LIGHT SHADOW / FIND ME / KAP / IN-FINITY 70 / CIRCLE / SUPER LINE / UT PRO / LIGHT SUPLY / RUNNING MAGNET / LIGHT STRIPE / STRING LIGHT / KIRK / CLIMBER  

INTERRUPTORES Y MECANISMOS | SWITCHES:

JUNG

www.jung.de/es

Modelo_ LS 990 

Acabados_ Blanco alpino / Dark

CARPINTERÍA DE ALUMINIO | ALUMINUM CARPENTRY:

METRA

www.metra.it 

Modelos_ NC-S 120 STH Slim / NC 50 STH

Acabado_ Color de Metra_S03 texturizado

FACHADA SISTEMA | FACADE:

SISTEMA GRAPAMAR DE REVESTIMIENTO DE FACHADAS VENTILADAS

www.grapamar.com 

Modelo_ GRAPAMA PF1025

FACHADA REVESTIMIENTO | FACADE REVETMENT:

LEVANTINA

www.levantina.com

Modelo_ TRAVERTINO VALLANCA

PINTURAS | PAINTING:

KEIM

www.keim.es

Modelo_ KEIM Innotop 

Acabado_ Ral 9003 mate

ENCIMERAS | WORKTOP:

INALCO

www.inalco.es

Modelos_ STORM NEGRO / PETRA CREMA

CORIAN

www.dupont.es

Acabado_ Deep Cloud

GRIFERÍA | FAUCET:

BOSSINI-CRISTINA

www.bossini-cristina.com

Modelo_ PIX

Acabado_ Acero inoxidable

SANITARIOS | TOILET:

DURAVIT

www.duravit.es

Modelo_ ME by Starck

MANIVELAS  HANDLES:

HOPPE

www.hoppe.com

Modelo_ AMSTERDAM con mini roseta

Acabado_ Acero inoxidable en antracita satinado color F97-1-R 

ARMARIOS |CLOSETS:

FINSA

www.finsa.com

Modelo_ Gama Duo 03C Nogal Canaletto

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