Redondela House / Irisarri + Piñera


Architects: / Jesús Irisarri Castro & Guadalupe Piñera
Location: Pontevedra,
Structural Collaborator: Antonio Reboreda Martínez
Technical Architect: Sandra Valverde
Concrete & Structure: CHS – Construcciones Hnos. Sanz S.L.
Domotic: Indomotika Sistemas y Comunicaciones, S.L.
Project year: 2004-2006
Photographs: Manuel Gonzalez Vicente, Jesús Irisarri & Angel Baltanás

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Our first to the site-deep and narrow, on a steep slope, suspended above the estuary and the distant ocean horizon, with Vigo city below-led to a desire to maintain the commanding views of the landscape at the entrance level and make the house itself the means to descend from this situation to the allotment´s base level, with all the nuances brought into view by these different heights. The owners, like so many others in the course of history, have chosen a place to settle. Now, the architects mediate in their relationship with the place.

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This is a building which qualifies the way you see and feel the surroundings and the distant landscape from each space. Unlike previous cases where we have allowed other superimposed architectures to arise from the users´ action, designing scenarios with a great capacity for transformation, here there is only one architecture, and it is the scenario that opens up the inhabitants´ lives to the world.

Under Construction

A sheet of concrete folds back like a shell from its base in the form of a retainer wall, shaping a volume which, when emptied, provides a range from recessed areas, through intermediate sequences that can be penetrated by the natural environment, to a final space which juts out with the dominating view out to the distant horizon, giving the owners back the slow gaze across the estuary that made them choose this place to live. The shell form contains the brief and at the same time resolves the structure, the planes that channel the water and the different scales that shape the spatial diversity inside.


The land-based part of the programme holds the considerable storage requirements of the produce from the earth, a spatial continuum that forms the courtyard stamped into the volume, for direct contacts with the nature of the place, while also rising and distancing itself from the earth in the manner of a lookout to provide an independent, personal place.

Cite: "Redondela House / Irisarri + Piñera" 09 Sep 2009. ArchDaily. Accessed 23 May 2015. <>
  • arch critic

    this is a very nice project.

  • Architecture+Molding

    Redondela House / Irisarri + Piñera:
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  • Abhay

    i love the spaces. very inviting

  • Bocetos Digitales

    Redondela House / Irisarri + Piñera:
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  • Harry

    Much concrete and still it’s looks like a very warm home to live in.

  • Benjamin


  • Maurice Hayes

    RT @nicholaspatten I’d Live Here: Redondela House.

  • stepienybarno

    excellent project, great team of architect

  • thomas foral

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  • T.Nowicki

    nice spaces, good interaction with surroundings

  • ygogolak

    Love the concrete folds. Some areas look a bit industrial in the night shots though.

  • Carlos Martinez

    Very nice, but it looks like an office

  • Wargo

    Good design in bold concrete.

  • me

    high five!

  • Maqbul

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  • oscar falcón lara

    Wow, I love what the architects did here, taking advantage of every view with the floating room towards the sea and the large windows, sober yet elegant and fluid (and all concrete), dynamic and quite homely. Fantastic stuff.

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