House in Somosaguas / A-cero

The spanish architecture firm A-cero, directed by Joaquin Torres, has built a new house in the Madrid outskirts that synthesizes the evolution of the studio’s signature design language and its technical experimentation over the last years. The house can be aesthetically inscribed in the series of projects made by the studio since its international expansion, in places like the Dominican Republic and Dubai, presenting a greater spatial complexity and and use of shapes that underlines the relation between A-cero’s architecture and contemporary sculpture.

At first impression the house clearly shows its intentions, with the dominance of stylized curves and bold shapes that relate harmonically to its natural context while keeping a clearly modern character. The horizontal shapes pile up one on another, creating a stratified building that seems to emerge from the earth like a natural formation, the façades are treated with a texturized dark , completing the mineral analogy.

In this capacity of being at once natural in its matter and artificial in its forms, the house reminds of the work of minimalist sculptors like David Nash, or a piece of land art.

The interior contains a varied program, solved with a very complex array of spaces with different heights and levels, as well as the particular shape of some of the rooms. The lower level contains the main hall -covered by a curved ceiling that accentuates its relevance-, living and dining rooms, master bedroom, gym, interior pool, kitchen and service areas. On the upper level is located a painting studio, under a long curved ceiling, flooded with natural light and the best views over the surrounding landscape. The basement is dedicated to health and leisure, with a bar, games room, chill out, massage room, projection room, cellar and gym.

The spaces are freed of columns and other elements that would alter its fluidity and openness, light materials have been used in the interior design to improve this aspect. The floors are covered with large format white ceramic tiles and the bathrooms are finished in white aluminum.

Cite: "House in Somosaguas / A-cero" 11 Nov 2008. ArchDaily. Accessed 21 Aug 2014. <http://www.archdaily.com/?p=8469>

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    Работы бюро A-cero ни кого не оставляют равнодушным.
    Charm – the big yacht from concrete ;)

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    I don’t find it interesting at all, looks like an oddity that will look outdated in 5 years time. Too much formalistic show off and too little substance. The first image suggested some reference to FLW’s usonian houses but the following ones sow just a cartoonish mix of that with some formal gestures “a la mode”. A disappointment.

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    I don´t like it. It´s too artificial, and seems that is made thinking only in magazines, like everything A-Cero do.
    And this pictures make no good to the proyect. This pictures are very bad.
    You can see this house in Diseño Interior, and photographer Angel Baltanas makes it seems another house.

    A-Cero is so boring…

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    This studio is very well known in Spain, they’ve built houses for local celebrities such as Real Madrid cracks Zinedine Zidane and Raul Gonzalez, rally champion Carlos Sainz. I’ve been told they have recently designed a house in Madrid for Liverpool’s soccer team crack Fernando Torres the house must be one of the recent projects shown on their website.

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    Ese proyecto es lo mejor residencial que yo he visto hasta ahora, no conocia ese studio cuando viví en madrid pero pero después que volvi a Brasil conocí los proyectos de ese studio y me gustaria mucho hacer practicas en ese studio, pues soy estudiante de arquitectura.Muy bueno todo, el proyecto y las fotos.

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