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House in Somosaguas / A-cero

  • 01:00 - 11 November, 2008
House in Somosaguas / A-cero
House in Somosaguas / A-cero

House in Somosaguas / A-cero House in Somosaguas / A-cero House in Somosaguas / A-cero House in Somosaguas / A-cero +7

  • Architects

  • Location

    Madrid, Spain
  • Architect in Charge

    A-cero- Joaquin Torres

From the architect. 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 concrete, 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.

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Fräulein Flora · August 20, 2012

Sogno ad occhi aperti 3

CristinaSD · September 29, 2011

Me gusta esta este diseño de @Aceroarchitects!!! vía @archdaily #arquitectura #viviendasqueinspiran

nasim · July 07, 2011

very nice

Anisio Quincó · October 16, 2010
Aquasol Albercas · September 01, 2010

El agua trasporta de la vida ordinaria a la gracia de vivir... vive el agua, AQUASOL.

me... me too · June 07, 2009

Very sculptural... I like it!

alejandro · April 24, 2009


Ciro Almeida · March 09, 2009

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.

art_leduc · November 22, 2008

very nice

One T. · November 21, 2008

@ fdez: Pictures? What pictures?
@ Daniel E.: WTF is soccer?

Daniel E. · November 19, 2008

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.

chagio · November 15, 2008

very nice :)

fdez · November 12, 2008

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...

Jan · November 12, 2008

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.

Bo · November 12, 2008

??????, ?? ?? ?????...

Nina · November 12, 2008

Looks like a new James Bond summer residence...............impressive

Rafa · November 12, 2008

Very nice. I agree that it looks like a concrete yacht...LOL.

Alex · November 11, 2008

?????? ???? A-cero ?? ???? ?? ????????? ???????????.
Charm - the big yacht from concrete ;)


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