House in Sierra de Collado Mediano / Padilla Nicás Arquitectos

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Architects: Padilla Nicás Arquitectos – Francisco José Padilla & Juan Manuel Nicás
Location: Urbanización Serranía de la Paloma, Collado Mediano, Madrid, Spain
Collaborator: Isabel Colino
Structure: Alejandro Bernabéu & Jorge Bernabéu
Services: ACIX
Site Area: 500 sqm
Project Area: 170 sqm
Design Year: 2005-2006
Construction Year: 2007-2009
Photographs: Padilla Nicás Arquitectos

The Project consists of a single family house located on a modest parcel with a strong slope and exceptional views of the mountains of the Sierra outside Madrid.

The house evolves from the slope of the terrain and positions itself on the lot carefully providing exterior spaces (or garden terraces si queries) between the built volume and the perimeter of the site.

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By way of an exterior stair with a gentle pitch, the grounds are connected to a generous rooftop terrace. This space endows the house with magnificent views as well as providing a complementary exterior space for the interior rooms, allowing one to move freely from interior to exterior whether in the kitchen, the living room, enjoying the sun, etc. As a result, there is a natural continuity between domestic activity and the site itself, emphasizing the understanding of the house as a true extension of the parcel, in its spaces and uses.

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The built volumen increases gradually from the first encounter. The height at the access street is a single level, rising to two levels at the upper edge, due to the presence of the studio above the main bedroom. In this way, the house is integrated naturally with the strongly sloping terrain, while producing an entry at a more intimate scale. It also creates a rich ambiguity of perception from different points of view.

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The finish building materials, white stucco walls and a black slate tile roof, are those traditionally used in the Sierra around Madrid. The slate is used in slabs as a curtain wall construction both on the roofs as well as on the walls visibly exposed to the exterior, as if it were a protective shell. The private interior patios are clad in the white stucco.

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The solid construction of the house consists of reinforced slabs with steel columns that are enclosed at the perimeter in a multilayered 35 cm ceramic wall which absorbs the structure, insulation and mechanical elements within a large cavity. The black slate slabs are supported on an aluminum substructure adding efficient and valuable ventilation.

lower floor plan
first floor plan

To maximize the physical and visual connections between interior and exterior spaces, the house is conceived with a number of entrances and exits, creating a permeability which makes the most of the site.

Cite: "House in Sierra de Collado Mediano / Padilla Nicás Arquitectos" 09 May 2010. ArchDaily. Accessed 25 Oct 2014. <http://www.archdaily.com/?p=59063>
  • shetu

    It is a very good example of “Modern Architecture”.

  • hannah

    it’s so my style. i love it! =D

  • ryan

    great. i love it. way better than that cabin i just looked at. regardless of style

  • bshi

    no sense of being
    very messy and unorganized
    texture and color is awful
    no sense of connection to the surrounding
    in fact feels almost trapped in this meaningless space
    just fidgeting around with small space
    no big picture
    pretentious version of modern architecture

    exterior is nice though
    looks cute for about 5 minutes
    i wouldnt mind living next door to this house

  • that’s what she

    yes! great use of my favorite colors…B & W

  • http://uptodayarch.blogspot.com up_today_arch

    Nice house! Good piece of architecture in this countrylike surrounding…

  • spanky

    Do you choose to live here? Or do you get sentenced to live here?

    • B

      no no the rest of the world is sentenced NOT to live there. That’s why the fence is there.

  • http://thedesignaggregate.com/ tDA

    Wall mounted radiators are such an eye-sore.

  • http://cgrp.blogspot.com/ CRISTIAN

    THE MORE YOU SEE OF THIS BUILDING THE MORE ONE GET`S DISSAPOINTED BY THE FIRST THING THAT DRAW THE ATTENTION, THE WHITE COLOR , THE BIG TARRACES , WIDE WINDOWS, ALL COMES DOWN WHEN THE COMMON SENSE, COMES TO PLAY ,I THINK

  • http://twitter.com/nicholaspatten/status/13831579804 Nicholas Patten

    I'd Live Here: House in Sierra de Collado Mediano. http://bit.ly/aqC7y7

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  • Pierr French

    I love the slope! Very interesting.