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360 House / Subarquitectura

  • 01:00 - 8 April, 2010
360 House / Subarquitectura
360 House / Subarquitectura, © David Frutos
© David Frutos

© David Frutos © David Frutos © David Frutos © David Frutos +18

From the architect. A unique opportunity for us is in reality a problema that’s been posed thousands of times: to construct a house with a public programme of social relation, associated with the prívate life of a numerous family on a sloping plot of land with privileged views of the mountains outside Madrid. It has no one solution, there are many, they’re even catalogued in books about houses of a slope.

© David Frutos
© David Frutos

We try not to think of domestic spaces. On the contrary, we take as a point of reference works of engineering, motorway intersections, changes of direction. We proceed from generic solutions to the problem of descending, solutions that conceal great plasticity. We seek the poetic in all that seems to have been considered from the merely pragmatic point of view.

© David Frutos
© David Frutos

The result is the literal construction of a use diagram. In this instance, form does not follow function, but is instead function itself. Cyclical movement, routine and surprise turn into a way of living.

© David Frutos
© David Frutos

Its formal complexity offers the possibility of reaching all points of the house through two different routes, which multiply the possibilities of use and enjoyment. It has the form of a loop, 360º, like the shapes skaters make, like of gymnasts, as artistic as they are precise.

© David Frutos
© David Frutos

An extreme shape, the house is curved, generating the greatest quantity of linear meters towards the good views. It is shored up in the landscape and turns back on itself, completing the revolution. The degree of intimacy increases as the distance to the ends increases. At the midpoint, a mediatheque, isolated and completely dark, 100 % technology, 0 % landscape.

© David Frutos
© David Frutos

With a single gesture two ways of moving are generated: going down and looking outwards. The long house, a sinuous movement, a descent by ramp and ample turning radii tangential to the setbacks of the plot of land generate a panoramic vision. The short house, the quick way in a straight line, stairs of direct descent and a deep view towards the landscape.

© David Frutos
© David Frutos

A building that is black outside, absorbent, of slate, a material specific to the location, imposed as an aesthetic specification of the area. White inside, reflective, generic, neutral, and luminous. Life incorporates colour, outside with the vegetation and inside with the people.

© David Frutos
© David Frutos
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jae · January 12, 2012

Client: Wow, that is cool. Now where is my house?

bovolo · September 17, 2011

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Bruce · April 16, 2010

An interesting sculptural form... but how sustainable can this be with an exterior surface area so substantial compared to the interior volume of space enclosed?

I'm not convinced that this form took best advantage of the sloped site, the views afforded and privacy concerns, while I will grant that the shape and solution are interesting and challenging to one's conventional thinking of a house.

The long corridor never seems so long due to the curved shape and being broken up by the media or living area at its mid-point; but what are the views like from the spaces where most time is spent during daytime hours? What is the relationship between the kitchen and dining area? What is the sense of entry like, and the view from the kitchen/dining area to the living area near the pool? Unfortunately the lack of interior photos of that part of the house leave too many questions unanswered.

Kamel Labiad · April 13, 2010

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I&#39d Live Here: 360 House in Madrid, Spain. via @nicholaspatten

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Rowan · April 12, 2010

Excellent shots of this unfinished and unconventional house... it's a very smart piece of Architecture. Want to see MORE interior views!

Fiver · April 12, 2010

HA. This looks like a less successful adaptation of one of my Arch400 student's projects.

arnold · April 11, 2010

very sculptural house. nice Idea, but people, who will live in this house are CRAZY :-).

Michael Baugus · April 09, 2010

Amazing spiraling 360 Degree house in Madrid. 360 House / Subarquitectura

eltonyi · April 09, 2010

conclusions increased half link united points

thundercar · April 09, 2010

1800s globe volunteer area according

Adrem · April 09, 2010

Worse than the roof it's the floorplan that is killing me. I agree with the negative comments, even if the concept is interesting.

rouan · April 09, 2010

Yeap I agree as well...that curved roof space is quite banal really, not a place Id want to walk barefoot on a hot summer day. It would have been quite spectacular as a green roof, now its somewhat stuck looking like an overpass.

Fabio · April 09, 2010

Alejandro is right. The roof could easily become a wonderful terrace and that really kills the project.

jacque · April 09, 2010

Very 'studenty', very poor spaces.

Dr. Thomas · April 09, 2010 01:15 PM

'Studenty' ? Maybe this house is too much radical and modern for your way of understanding Architecture.
I really love this cut-edge way of thinking buildings, that intends to create new ways of living in, instead make an addition of 'proper' interior spaces.

igor · April 09, 2010

It`s a spinning house with long and boring coridors (composition and the facade material remainds me on a serpent skin).
It could be better solution with glass facades on both sides and the garden (or terace) in the center of spinning form.I belive that those ideas can give same sense and more usefulness.

artrihamdani · April 09, 2010

I adore its fantastic geometrical form. But inside, It only give the owner an empty spaces.
And it's more like a museum/gallery than a house..

knuckles · April 09, 2010

I agree they have tried very hard to come up with an appealing and visually stimulating facade, but when you view the interior space and poor detailing it starts to fall apart as a piece of architecture, big dsiappoinment for something that could have been spectacular.

Jim Antonopoulos · April 09, 2010

Clever piece of #architecture
360 House / Subarquitectura

sullka · April 09, 2010

You know, I think architecture is about "spaciality", specially at this scale (housing), while I do recognise the "unconventionality" of the project, this deisgn approach seems it disregards completely the interior spaciality of the house.

In other words, while the house looks "cool, different and cutting edge" from the outside, the (only) 3 pictures from the interior show us some pretty sad and depressing spaces.

It's like when you're a kid seeing a huge gift wrapped box and you're all excited about it, but once you open it, its just a shirt or something.

Ferdinand · April 09, 2010 11:37 AM

The house is not finished yet!!
That is the reason because you see the interiors so poors...

alejandro · April 08, 2010

why don´t make a roof terrace? seems space wasted

rokan barazi · March 07, 2011 01:41 AM

shi b5ari mnak w mno · April 10, 2010 12:51 AM

Right now the roof screams "skateboard" or "mountain bike" to me. Seems like the perfect house for an extreme sports enthusiast.


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