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  7. OS House / NOLASTER


  • 01:00 - 7 May, 2008


  • Architects

  • Location

    Loredo, Ribamontán al Mar, Cantabria, Spain
  • Architects

    NOLASTER - Carmina Casajuana, Beatriz G. Casares, Marcos González, Pablo Oriol, Fernando Rodríguez y Arturo Romero
  • Structural Engineer

    NOLASTER + Constantino Hurtado
  • Services

    Fernando Rodríguez Cerón
  • General contractors

    Construcciones Volga + Ramiro Bra Rivas
  • Client

    Carmen Salgado y José Miguel Oriol
  • Area

    360.0 sqm
  • Project Year


From the architect. The architecture project is presented under the following conditions. A couple bought one of the few available plots on the Bay of Biscay coastline. After scouting every seaside village from Plentzia to San Vicente de la Barquera for nearly a year, they found the place they where looking for in a residential estate from the 1970's near Loredo, a summer resort outside of Santander. The plot slopes downwards and is cut by a 30 meter-high cliff against which the waves break. The Northern sea wind is very rough, making it hard for trees to grow by the coastline. Whenever someone new to the area arrives, they wonder why the house faces south and gives its back to the sea. Southern orientation and the sun are most appreciated by people from the highlands who come around to buy a holiday house, while the sea is just obvious. "We, on the contrary, came from far away looking for the sea, the wind, the waves, and therefore decided to get plot number 21, even if going against the tide".

The plot size is 90 x 50, 4500 m2 and 8% building rate, that is, 360 square meters. Basement not included. Maximum height is 3 meters eaves, 6 meters total. Distance to the lateral edges 10 meters, and 12 to the back street axis. 11 meter drop. 30 minute walk to Langre Beach and 10 to the eastern end of Puntal Beach, whose opposite end closes the Santander Bay. Bay of Biscay horizon from Cabo Mayor, to the west, all the way to Cabo de Ajo, to the east.

A new topography is defined in order to protect a rear south garden from the strong and persistent sea wind. The building is enclosed in a squared prism (22x22 m), measuring three and a half meters in height. The most exposed façade of the house is the green roof. The main program develops in the first floor, over a ground floor that consists of garage, facilities, storage, porch and south garden. None of the pieces over the roof is higher than the horizon line seen from the street.

The desire to interfere as little as possible with the visual topography of the landscape prompted to attach the house to the ground and find façade and roof solutions with a direct relationship to the surroundings. The idea of a "crouching building" guides the decisions concerning volume, position, occupation, exterior outfit and façade claddings.

The property requires a holiday house program (though it will surely become the owners' permanent home in a future), able to adjust to changes related to the number of users, the season, and so on. This complex program (couple, family, friends; summer, winter; weekend, long terms) is solved attending to values of low energy, spatial simplicity and flexibility of use. 

The house's program, arranged in bands perpendicular to the longitudinal plot axis, is as follows (starting with those areas closer to the sea): living/dining/library + office; Santander room + bathroom + toilet/storage + kitchen + double bathroom + multiview room; vertical patio + north hall + access patio; introverted room + indiscreet bathroom + brief space + flexible space + open bathroom + tub room; void patio + south hall + fern patio; multiple room + bathroom + south raised living + bathroom + no vacancies room. OS HOUSE is ready.

Cite: "OS House / NOLASTER" 07 May 2008. ArchDaily. Accessed . <>
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Varvara · July 03, 2016

This is very 'similar" to Casa Mora by Ábalos y Herreros. That one was truly innovative. But nice interpretation here too.

Roomle · July 26, 2012

Strong, relentless winds from the north: Living at the Gulf of Biscay, sheltered under a green roof. Innovative...

gusta · February 27, 2012

can i vote this for "house of the century"?

Sandeep Nicha · August 15, 2011

OS House / NOLASTER via @archdaily

le dinh vu · June 11, 2011

os house không nh?ng thân thi?n v?i thiên nhiên mà còn r?t ??p nó mang nh?ng hình kh?i trông r?t hi?n ??i nh?ng không h?i ?i?n.

cherrypick · May 25, 2011

oh, I wanna live here

Luis · May 02, 2010

In 2007, Nolaster divided itself in two independent offices: FRPO and MYCC.
The OS House remains as a work done by Fernando Rodriguez and Pablo Oriol, now FRPO ( together with Marcos Gonzalez.
This kind of extra explanation must be done, in order to make information clear and trustable.

mara · December 16, 2009

Excelent house.
Good article

tinyAnya · September 18, 2009

So unobtrusive in the landscape its amazing! Looks comfortable as well.

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2MACoff · May 30, 2009

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[asa*] · March 31, 2009

doesn't it look like Le Corbusier's Villa Savoy! bravo~

AL · March 21, 2009

Brilliant! Effortless and intelligent! Great spatial matrix of solids and voids. Very smart exterior space making by engaging sectionally with the site and the roof. Kudos!

richie · March 01, 2009

I really like this house, is one of my favorites.

thefuture · May 28, 2008

this house is amazing. This house needs to get the interior design done by Thom Filicia. He would just make it a true wonder. Hese going to have a show May 28th 11/10c Everybody needs to watch it going to be so much fun.

ygogolak · September 16, 2009 07:01 PM

You're kidding right? That guy is an interior "decorator" not designer.


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