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Z House / nred arquitectos

  • Architects: nred arquitectos
  • Location: Gran Canaria, Spain
  • Architect In Charge: José Antonio Sosa
  • Collaborators: Alejandra Vera, Ramón Cruz
  • Structure: Reveriego y Asociados
  • Rigger: María Sánchez Prada
  • Installations: Gimeno Ingenieros
  • Delineation: Miguel Suárez
  • Area: 850.0 sqm
  • Year: 2011
  • Photography: Cortesia de nred arquitectos

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From the architect. The topography and slope force the site into a two-terrace configuration. At the lower terrace the swimming pool and the sheltered deck are both dug into the ground and separated from the road by a slope covered in dense vegetation. Above, the house rests on the ground like a folded sheet of paper, like a zigzag. It´s construction is closer to a water reservoir or agricultural terracing rather than a residential structure.

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The house is a frame that contracts and expands…theoretically infinite…an isotropic structure cut by a determined contour, roughly rectangular…parallel ribbons of different heights…free composition, matted with small gardens…the house resembles a curtain that rises and falls repeatedly.

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The zig-zag cut defines the façade which is only closed by glass and latticework: wooden in the ventilation openings and concrete in the patios.

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The interior is an overlap or juxtaposition of the spaces that are the result of these foldings. Tubular spaces, lineal, lit only by one of its ends openings.

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The exterior penetrates into the house by the many scattered patios and the extreme simplicity of the tubular spaces that end completely glazed and frame the surrounding views.

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