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Raumplan House / Alberto Campo Baeza

  • 03:00 - 2 February, 2016
Raumplan House / Alberto Campo Baeza
Raumplan House  / Alberto Campo Baeza, © Javier Callejas Sevilla
© Javier Callejas Sevilla

© Javier Callejas Sevilla © Javier Callejas Sevilla © Javier Callejas Sevilla © Javier Callejas Sevilla +22

  • Collaborators

    Ignacio Aguirre López, Alejandro Cervilla García, Alfonso Guajardo-Fajardo, Manel Barata, Jesús Aparicio Alfaro, María Pérez de Camino Díez, Tommaso Campiotti, Maria Moura
  • Structure

    Andrés Rubio Morán
  • Quantity Surveyor

    Francisco Melchor Gallego
  • Contractor

    Serviteco
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© Javier Callejas Sevilla
© Javier Callejas Sevilla

From the architect. 2+2+2 is much more than just 6.

The house is located on a sloping plot with a landscape of distant horizon none other than Madrid’s western mountain range viewed from Camarines. At ground level it doesn’t appear to be anything special, but as we go up we feast our eyes on a panoramic view of the urban landscape of the east of Madrid.

© Javier Callejas Sevilla
© Javier Callejas Sevilla

From the four towers to the left to the Madrid tower to the right. Beautiful, and curious also.  Logically the more public parts of the house will be at the upper levels to frame and enjoy the stunning views.

Axonometric 1
Axonometric 1
Ground Floor Plan
Ground Floor Plan

Complying with prevailing regulations we are required to work with a square ground plan of 12x12 m that is divided into four 6x6 m squares. Following this pattern, the ground planes are raised, square by square, with a simple helicoidal movement.

© Javier Callejas Sevilla
© Javier Callejas Sevilla

The spaces are of double height and intersect with one another producing diagonality which is also helicoidal. The result very well explains the proposal we set out with, namely that 2+2+2 is more than just 6.

© Javier Callejas Sevilla
© Javier Callejas Sevilla

Thus in this house a known spatial mechanism is employed, the Raumplan, with the concatenation of spiraling double spaces. Each two double spaces are connected by vertical displacement so that a diagonal space is created.

Longitudinal Section
Longitudinal Section

If, as we go up, we turn 90 degrees and connect it with the other two, and if we continue to go up turning a further 90 degrees, we get an amazing spatial structure: the concatenation of three spiraling diagonal spaces, just like a corkscrew, which further explains our statement that 2+2+2 is much more than 6.

© Javier Callejas Sevilla
© Javier Callejas Sevilla

Once the house is built and the appropriate openings are made, just like those of a musical instrument, so that it is filled with light, and once that instrument is tuned, we can highlight the movement of the solid light of the sun throughout the day.

© Javier Callejas Sevilla
© Javier Callejas Sevilla

The rooftops planted with jasmine and vines will be a delightful feature, their large spaces framing this strange Madrid landscape. Similarly framed with vines and jasmines will be the porches below opening onto the garden.

Cite: "Raumplan House / Alberto Campo Baeza" 02 Feb 2016. ArchDaily. Accessed . <http://www.archdaily.com/781211/raumplan-house-alberto-campo-baeza/>