Valdemorillo House Extension / Padilla Nicás Arquitectos

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Architects: Padilla Nicás Arquitectos – Francisco José Padilla & Juan Manuel Nicás
Location: Urbanización El Paraíso, Valdemorillo, Madrid,
Collaborator: Isabel Colino
Structure: Alejandro Bernabéu & Jorge Bernabéu
Project Area: 180 sqm
Design Year: 2004-2005
Construction Year: 2006-2008
Photographs: Padilla Nicás Arquitectos

The project is an extension of a single family home located next to the Valmayor reservoir with a small pavilion and terrace oriented towards the water.

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The integration of the new building with the existing comes as a result of the sloping roofs, while the laminated structural frames distinguish it as different. This ‘light’ construction seeks to make a transition between the original house and the surrounding landscape.

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The project is hardly visible from the entry walkway, except for the gables that project slightly, finally becoming apparent from the interior of the parcel.

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The structure consists of prefabricated laminate wood frames. They were assembled on site and painted white to blend with the exisiting house. The assembly at each joint employs a steel plate sandwiching the web of each frame and bolted from the exterior.

Cite: "Valdemorillo House Extension / Padilla Nicás Arquitectos" 13 May 2010. ArchDaily. Accessed 23 Sep 2014. <>


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    I’m kind of disappointed they painted the wood – the color, texture, and tectonics of the wood assemblies would have brought a wonderful warmth to the project. Enough with the white.

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    I disagree with Kris. While wood is a beautiful material, the designers where right to consider the context of the original house.

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    Interesting concept but – with all the due respect – why the heck you spoiled the beauty of natural wood and its colour and structure by painting all white?! I am not that sure if covering all with white colour is the best solution, however pleasing to the owner…

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