Agridulce lookout house / XPIRAL

Architects: Javier Peña Galiano – XPIRAL
Location: Murcia,
Collaborators: Lola Jiménez, Katja Wirfler, Joaquín Fernández
Technical Architect: José Bautista
Services: Federico García Salmerón
Structure: López Pacheco
Contractor: Javier Mora
Promotor: Carlos García Calvo
Design year: 2002-2003
Construction year: 2003-2006
Budget: US $966,500
Constructed Area: 615 sqm
Photographs: Juan de la Cruz Megías

On the urban insertion

By being an isolated single-family house, the articulating piece with the city is the garden, acting as a filter between the street and the neighbors. The qualification of the exterior spaces is done through the section: an endless pool acts as a retaining wall, the garage incorporates with a large gate as a play area on the lower access, a big palm sews the two lower levels, the mirrors on the facade build a suburban lobby between the entry of the lot and the access to the house.

Several interior and exterior circulations allow inhabitants to enjoy the garden, which folds on certain facades with an artificial grass finish and virgin tree vine, continuing with a green cover that connects the parents and children areas in the upper level of the house.


The structure resolves in a radical way the “family” proposal: two boxes act as tall beams, with a large span (10m, 15m up to 17m) and cantilever (up to 6m). The lack of supports  envisions suspended and independent programs.

The whole house is made out of light structural , with an exposed finishing in both interior and exterior. Light structures and enclosures (aluminum, glass, wood) populate the interior space, generating the partitions and the rest of the facades.

Both pieces overlap on the kitchen and living room, configurating a fluid space and continuing the exterior through the south facade. The interior stair vertically connects the different programs  and is the common space to all the levels of the house.

Cite: "Agridulce lookout house / XPIRAL" 28 Jun 2009. ArchDaily. Accessed 28 May 2015. <>
  • Andrew

    I love the astro-turf siding concept. Why the wire rope I wonder?

  • Jonjon

    It’s for the green wall to grow on…

  • GoP

    Nice Project but the construction of the exposed concrete is pretty bad….

  • Lucas Gray

    We need some images of this house in like 2-3 years (or I guess some more recent photos since it was finished in 2006) when the plants start to crawl all over it. The AstroTurf siding is kind of a gimmick. I think it would have been stronger to just have a concrete box with the wires for the vines. The AstroTurf makes it look kitschy or cheap or something.

  • scud

    too many ideas

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