Architects: rza arquitectes / rubén páez, aroa álvarez
Location: Girona, Spain
Engineer: Jaume Bellavista
Interior design: rza interiors
Project Year: 2007-2009
Project Area: 90 sqm
Photographs: Courtesy of rza architectes
Since the main idea was to build a low cost house in a short time, the house was built with a industrialized system. Building with prefabricated systems offers different advantages: high quality, durability and fast construction. This house is created like a prototype which could be modified according to the starting conditions.
The aesthetic appearance of the house shows the use of prefabricated construction elements consequently, columns and beams of precast concrete are exposed on the outside and inside the house. The austerity of the exterior contrasts with the warmth of the interior. We proposed a white palette for more neutral walls and wood textures for doors and furniture to bring more warmth to the interior architecture.
The house is composed of two identical volumes opened to the inside garden and closed to the neighbour’s views. The first volume is the day area, which is a flexible space with the kitchen opened to the living room. The other volume is the night area, which is made up of two rooms and the bathroom. The two volumes are linked by the library. This connecting space also has sostenible functions; in winter it capture the sun’s heat and warm the house as well as in summer it provides natural ventilation and refresh.
The house expresses the material implementation, a system that contains all the essence of architecture: space, order and form.