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Introverted House / XPIRAL

  • 01:00 - 21 February, 2013
Introverted House / XPIRAL
Introverted House / XPIRAL, © David Frutos | Bis Images
© David Frutos | Bis Images

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  • Architects

  • Location

    30100 Espinardo, Murcia, Spain
  • Architect in Charge

    Javier Peña Galiano
  • Design Team

    Maren Kläschen (Design Phase and Basic Project) Javier Jimenez (Design Phase), Malte Eglinger (Project and Execution)
  • Project Year

  • Photographs

  • Rigger

    Felipe Saez
  • Promotor

    Andrés Caravaca Parellón
  • Structural Engineering

    Jose+Juan Cutillas
  • Wooden Structure

    Miguel Nevado (AMATEX)
  • Steel Structure

    : Antonio López / Domingo (METALGRATING)
  • Budget

    140,722.36 €
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© David Frutos | Bis Images
© David Frutos | Bis Images

The initial idea for this house was to outline all its views toward the interior, to live invested toward a patio, since the views of the environment that it surrounds were not anything attractive. We outline to create a housing with it own interior landscape.

© David Frutos | Bis Images
© David Frutos | Bis Images

The housing is projected with a helical geometry that pivots on a great interior patio, a inclined journey in which go spilling spaces, each of one characterized by its form, by its way to look and by its program.

© David Frutos | Bis Images
© David Frutos | Bis Images

It’s really a housing in a single plant that it has stretched out in height, where natural light guides us inside, although hiding the windows in the circulation address, and sliding on the white curved geometries, inside and outside. This absolute loss of the frontal perspective transforms the interior spaces in a "continuous changing one", in which the users movements and the light speak to us about time, seasons or climate, to every minute…

Ground Floor Plan
Ground Floor Plan

The garden completes the construction of this introspective look, locating different plant species in a complementary way to the interior program.  Through soft unequal green surfaces, they consent as much people as vehicles toward the house, passing below the pool and their beach.

© David Frutos | Bis Images
© David Frutos | Bis Images

We have brought near to the sky the pool, looking for the maximum sun but also creating a sensual privacy through a microperforated corrugated steel sheets that for their geometry curved interact with the external user to the parcel.

© David Frutos | Bis Images
© David Frutos | Bis Images

The variety interior and external landscape is reinforced through three structures (armed concrete, I steel and wood) that are alternated in the spaces in a three-dimensional and flowing way. The massive target of plasters to the interior and oversees mortar reinforces flowing of the light in an elementary way.

© David Frutos | Bis Images
© David Frutos | Bis Images

All the thermal inertia of the housing is toward the interior, since a thick isolation is located to the exterior (under the mortar) what assures us an excellent effect cave, reinforced by the selection of holes that you/they have been carried out, the placement of the vegetation or the waterflows of cover and garden.


I believe that the Architecture requires to be visited to be understood, but all these three-dimensional fluctuating concepts that this memory tries to explain, are magnified in this house...

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hotcommodity · February 22, 2013

this house is not going to age well.

jan adegeest · February 22, 2013

Somewhat interesting design choices but very badly executed. Makes me wonder how this building looks like in 20 y!


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