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House 108

"The three panes are sliding and they can be hidden within the ventilated chamber of the facade, therefore obtaining complete openings on the construction which intensify the relationship with the environment and the perception of the walls.", says H Arquitectes on House 108.

By: H Arquitectes

Architecture-Page | House 108 by H Arquitectes
The house follows the slope of the land and translates it into a sequence of three steps, each being a group in itself of various elements. Living room, dining room, kitchen, bathroom and bedroom are four distinct areas, which are connected by two corridors, with stairs on either side.

Project details

  • Project Name: House 108
  • Location of Site: Santa Cristina D'Aro, Girona
  • Design Team: H Arquitectes (David Lorente, Josep Ricart, Xavier Ros, Roger Tudo)
  • Project Type: Residential
  • Client: Steven Hind & Beatriz Escolano
  • Site Area: 976,90 m2
  • Built-up Area: 109 m2
  • Date of completion: 2005

Architecture-Page | House 108 by H Arquitectes
All doors have windows - with three possible configurations: adjustable blinds to ensure sun protection in summer and to trap warmth in winter, a mosquito net that can ventilate and ward off insects and an aluminum broken bridge with double glazing and thermal camera inside, which ensures that the sealing is perfect.

Words from the architect

Although located in one of the most untouched areas of the Costa Brava, Rosamar housing development is characterized by a mix of different constructions and auto-constructions of a low architectural interest and a large impact on the landscape.

Architecture-Page | House 108 by H Arquitectes
The house follows the slope of the land and translates it into a sequence of three steps, each being a group in itself of various elements. Living room, dining room, kitchen, bathroom and bedroom are four distinct areas, which are connected by two corridors, with stairs on either side.

As a response to that situation, this project looks to respect the natural environment on this strongly slopped plot with dense Mediterranean vegetation. We tried to modify as little as possible the environment by building the house on a slope, and thus reducing the land movements, foundation and generation of waste products. We also have maintained the vegetation in order to not lose the current shaded and cool ambience as well as a sensible design of the exterior elements - wooden stairs following the natural slope and a minimal perimeter fence.

Architecture-Page | House 108 by H Arquitectes
On both sides of the home run stairs with steps grouped in threes, coinciding with the different areas of the home.

Through this section's adaptation to the original topographical profile, we were able to connect each of the interior ambiances with the garden through wide regular openings that fuses the exterior with the interior; it assures permanent natural light, allows cross-ventilation and multiplies the control options of interior comfort. At the same time, its growing sloped geometry towards the south facilitates the renovation of hot air through the superior facade, and the capturing of new fresh air thorough the inferior one, towards the north.

Architecture-Page | House 108 by H Arquitectes
On the south facade is a small pergola designed to create an outdoor area with shade plants. Covered with deciduous vines that keep out the sun in summer and let it pass in during the winter.

All of the openings have three fencing levels: adjustable shutters that guarantee sun protection in the summer and captures the sun's radiation in the winter, a mosquito net which allows ventilation and protects from the insects, and finally, interior aluminum carpentry with a thermal bridge break and double glass with an interior chamber. The three panes are sliding and they can be hidden within the ventilated chamber of the facade, therefore obtaining complete openings on the construction which intensify the relationship with the environment and the perception of the walls.

Architecture-Page | House 108 by H Arquitectes
The entire window system is flushed with the edges of the walls. With this system, the openings are completely clean and intensifies the perception of relationship with the environment.

The facade is built with ventilated double panes and an interior bearing wall. Hence we improved the insulation, the thermal inertia and air tightness; we minimized the thermal bridges and the possible condensations and avoided cracks due to the cross of the facade's vertical plane with the suspended floor and the roof plane. It even allowed us to reduce the light in order to cover it with self-supporting main beams that didn't need formwork.

The southern facade, with more sun exposure, has a natural shade: deciduous climbing plants protect it from the sun's direct radiation in the summer and allows the sun to enter in the winter.

Architecture-Page | House 108 by H Arquitectes
The hall occupies the space closest to the south facade. It is open to the dining and the kitchen at a slightly lower level.

The roof has little sun exposure because it faces the north and is protected with vegetation. It is finished with zinc over a waterproof board with a ventilated chamber and interior insulation. The concrete pavements work as thermal storage through direct radiation and greenhouse effect, giving the building a selective inertia depending on the solar protection system used.

As a result, we have a second residence with a calculated program, with the minimal cost in meters, the maximum compactness, easy construction and minimal energetic investment at work and in the maintenance. And furthermore... has completely satisfied the developer.

Architecture-Page | House 108 by H Arquitectes
From all points of view from inside the house the forest is imbibed within through the glazing.

Credits

  • Text: H Arquitectes (David Lorente, Josep Ricart, Xavier Ros, Roger Tudo)
  • Photographs: Starp estudi - www.starpestudi.com

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