By Arenas Basabe Palacios Architects
A project which entails a dramatic change in the lifestyle of the owners: moving from an apartment block to a private house with a garden. The project aims to maximise the feeling of living close to the ground and foster a closer connection with exterior spaces, allowing what had previously not been possible: having breakfast outdoors, reading in a hammock among the trees, sleeping under the stars, growing their own garden.
To this end the boundaries of the house extend to those of the plot. Large glazed panels allow the interior spaces to visually flow onto the garden. The tiled floor extends beyond the glazing with a subtle colour gradient, reinforcing the idea of a seamless connection with the outdoors and effectively doubling the surface of the living room, kitchen, library and master bedroom.
In direct relation to these uses the courtyard is loosely divided in a series of areas of diverse character: a flower bed that gives access to the house, a reading corner that acts as a natural extension of the library, a productive garden, a seating area adjacent to the master bedroom, an outdoor dining area for the kitchen and a laundry area alongside the road access.
On the ground floor the rooms follow a centrifugal pattern that seeks to capture the exterior landscape, whereas on the first floor the rooms are arranged centripetally around a shared space, which acts as an elevated court. This room has been designed to enable different uses in accordance with the owners’ varying needs: dance room, playroom, home cinema, etc.
Architects: Arenas Basabe Palacios Architects
Quantity Surveyor: Yolanda García
Structural Engineer: Ceider
Construction Company: Soldeser
Location: Las Matas, Madrid.
Photography: ImagenSubliminal (Miguel de Guzmán + Rocío Romero) www.imagensubliminal.com
Enrique Arenas Laorga (1974), architect (ETSAM, Madrid) and Doctor Cum Laude (UPM Madrid, 2006) . He has developed projects in very different areas: rehabilitations, housing, institutional and events. He has held lectures at several academic institutions, and taught as professor at the European Institute of Design in Madrid (IED).
Luis Basabe Montalvo (1975), architect graduated at the TU Graz. He was visiting professor at Dipartimento di Architettura e Studi Urbani (DAStU) at Politecnico di Milano, since 2003 he teaches design studio at ETSAM as associate professor. He was guest researcher and guest lecturer at various Universities: RWTH Aachen (Germany), Cambridge (UK) and CEPT Ahmedabad (India).
Luis Palacios Labrador (1983), architect graduated at ETSAM (Madrid, 2009), Master in Advanced Innovation and Technology (ETSAM, 2011) and Doctor Cum Laude (UPM, 2017). He currently teaches design studio as an associated professor. He worked in the Netherlands, investigated in Berlin and held lectures and workshops in India and UK.
arenas basabe palacios is a young architecture and urbanism studio based in Madrid. Its partners Enrique Arenas Laorga, Luis Basabe Montalvo and Luis Palacios Labrador are working together since 2006 and won about thirty prizes in architecture and urbanism competitions since 2006. They gave lectures in diverse institutions and presented their work and investigation in international exhibitions. Their work was publicated in Spain, France, Italy, Switzerland, US, Austria, Germany, Cyprus, India and Corea.