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Torreaguera Atresados / XPIRAL

  • 01:00 - 17 January, 2011
Torreaguera Atresados / XPIRAL
Torreaguera Atresados / XPIRAL, © David Frutos
© David Frutos

© David Frutos © David Frutos © David Frutos © David Frutos +33

  • Architects

  • Location

    Torreaguera, Murcia, Spain
  • Architect In Charge

    Javier Peña Galiano
  • Structural Consultant

    IDEEE (Eduardo Díez)
  • Promotor

    DSL BUILDING S.L
  • Contractor

    S.L Imilce
  • Area

    346.66 sqm
  • Project Year

    2008
  • Photographs

From the architect. The two ‘atretic’ houses proposed, revolved around the idea of a redistribution of the plots along a row. The construction had to abide by the conditions of the maximum height permitted for buildings in the area and having to adapt to the topology of the existing plots.

© David Frutos
© David Frutos

The two houses are situated in heights that enjoy the total width of the new plot (12m), which is the benefit of having joined together the two original plots (6m each) in a row.

west elevation
west elevation

The new plot has an incline approximately 5m in height and adjoins public streets on three of its four sides, in this way a house can make the most of lower part of the site by creating a garden and adapting it to the topography (casa tierra), the other, in the higher part opens up to the countryside enjoying a panoramic view of the mountains and orchards (casa cielo).

© David Frutos
© David Frutos

Casa tierra takes the form of a plinth constructed entirely from ceramic pieces combined with coloured elements. Casa cielo is structurally comprised of unfinished concrete, supported by the other module in its lower part and finished in reflective glass.

© David Frutos
© David Frutos

The ceramic module aims to be something more than simply the facade of Casa tierra, it is constructed with the intention of forming the principle module of the project. It additionally lays out the diverse partitions of Casa tierra and Casa cielo and adds different degrees of transparency and light which is offered by the ceramic wine rack section made by the commercial brand ‘Cerámica Collado’.

© David Frutos
© David Frutos

The holes in the wine rack section close with circular tiles made from multicoloured crockery, constituting an enclosure that satisfies the functional necessities of a standard facade. However, in the rest of the zones, the bottle rack section is not covered forming a lattice that allows for views depending on the position of the viewer. This permits the existence of material continuity in the entire elevation, which integrates the lattices for the terraces and patios and the shutters, whose boards are made with the same wine rack section, into the standard facade. Therefore, we can see that the ceramic facade is composed of two distinct elements; the fist is the bottle rack section, of which the principle module of the two houses is comprised. The second is the series of circular tiles of distinct colours made by a local craftsman. These fill the holes in the wine rack section where the facade has been constructed as an enclosed space. They are distributed according to a fading pattern that places the colour green in the lower zone, like a continuation of the garden, fading to blue in the upper creating a harmony between the colours of the sky and the gaps in the lattice. Crockery tiles are used in the facade to subtly spell the names of each of the houses, cielo and tierra.

© David Frutos
© David Frutos

The design of both houses also adapted itself to the new volumetric distribution of the joint plots; Casa tierra offers a range of uses and court yards benefit of its excavated condition in the locale, Casa cielo is set up as a leisure space thanks to the panoramic views of the countryside surrounding it. Each house is accessed via an adjacent road, Casa tierra from AV/ Region de Murcia and Casa cielo from the pedestrian pathway at the rear of the plots.

cielo house ground floor plan
cielo house ground floor plan

Both houses make the most the setbacks brought about by regulations, in the form of how the buildings must be, for example the type of roofs that can be used, which allowed for the construction of green terraces which can be used by each of the houses.

tierra house ground floor plan
tierra house ground floor plan
Cite: "Torreaguera Atresados / XPIRAL" 17 Jan 2011. ArchDaily. Accessed . <http://www.archdaily.com/103927/torreaguera-atresados-xpiral/>
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wolfgang thompson · March 31, 2013

too busy with materials..but love the layout! :)

Robert Basik · August 19, 2012

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Martin Hedin · January 25, 2011

I like the exterior but the interior is just... uh

And the quality of the concrete looks very poor, the pillar cast in two stages, the flooring is horrible, and the aluminium framing does not go well winter months in that part of Spain. Lacks quality i think. (The floor slab is not something that I would show off)

oscar aramendi · January 25, 2011

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Herbert Sarah · January 23, 2011

@dolimtp juste comme ça http://www.archdaily.com/10392...

AGUSTIN LANDA · January 23, 2011

MUY BUEN PROYECTO, EXCELENTE VOLADO

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BK · January 19, 2011

I agree with gcelar, especially on the interior: a weird and discombobulated design. As regards the exterior, I would give it only a few years before there would be some major cracking at the base of the cantilevered portion. The cantilevered length is just too long, unless I'm totally missing something in terms of how the load is carried internally.

jpc · January 18, 2011

this is such a great project. i love the use of the materials. and that wall with the wine rack section is awesome...the way they played with the different uses of that material was great.

Red Wolf · January 18, 2011

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gcelar · January 18, 2011

Too many materials, too many textures, too many ideas!!! What ever happened to the simplicity and coherence that Spanish Architecture is known for?

ygogolak · January 18, 2011 09:33 PM

The forms are kept simple and I think it works well with the number of materials. Also, the materials chosen are "high-class" if you will, it doesn't look cheap just for the sake of using different materials.

Very nice project!

John · January 18, 2011

This is a verz interesting design. I like it a lot. Something different, but usable.

up_today_arch · January 18, 2011

I like the composition of this house... Especialy suspended part... Nice play of forms...

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architecture3s · January 18, 2011

mirrored section of this house is awesome!! http://tinyurl.com/4aokj6d

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Cadu · January 18, 2011

Good...but crazy!

Lil Jimmy · January 17, 2011

very interesting mosaic detail....nicely done.

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