Architects: Miguel de Guzmán, Veidimanna Protum
Team: Pablo Palomino
Surveyor: Francisco Gorritz
Lamp Design: Esther Ceballos
Estación de El Espinar Segovia Spain
Contractor: José González Encinar, Ars Tectónica

El Espinar House is built in a small village at the north face of the Sierra de Madrid. The site enjoys a privileged location, on the edge of the town bordering the Natural Park Panera.

This situation is the starting point of the project, with the goals of maximizing the mountain and park views to the northwest; optimizing natural light considering it is at the north face of the mountain, and respecting the existing large pines. The dwelling is located in the center of the lot with a perimeter defined by urban legal conditions as well as the situation of the trees.

The facade consists of a triple skin: First there is a sandwich panel with OSB boards (which provide the interior finish), extruded polystyrene foam insulation and waterproof chipboard, surrounding the core of the house rooms and living spaces. The second skin is made of cellular polycarbonate, providing extra insulation and expanding the perimeter to wrap a south-facing greenhouse that collects heat during winter days and can be opened to the outside during the summer, defining semi-outdoor extension space for the house. Steel cables allow climbing plants to grow on three sides of the house, as a vegetal third skin.

The use of semi mechanized building techniques, steel frames, sandwich panels and polycarbonate, can speed up work time, reduce costs and give the building greater flexibility to make changes in the future.

Water and electrical facilities are accesible, making easier to expand, change or perform repairs.

The top deck area is a garden that tries to restore the portion of ground garden occupied by the building and provides a leisure space at the level of the treetops with views of the mountains.


Architects: Miguel de Guzmán Arquitecto, Veidimanna Protum

Architect and Architectural Photographer. His work is commisioned by most important spanish Architecture Offices. He has been a proffesor in the Graphic Ideation Department at CEU Architecture School and the Photography Department of Istituto Europeo di Design in Madrid. Since 2008  Imagen Subliminal is the broadcast platform for the work of Miguel de Guzmán as architectural photographer and videographer. AWARDS As an Architect, he has been awarded with the Dionisio Hernadez Gil Prize for the Diocesan Priest House in Plasencia (work done together with Andres Jaque and Enrique Krahe), and was selected for the 2005 Spanish Architecture Bienal As a Photographer he has been finalist in ABC Journal Art Awards 2000, El Mundo Photography awards 2001. PRESS AND  EXHIBITIONS He has participated in solo and group exhibitions (Circuitos de Arte Joven, Galeria Vírgenes, Photo España…) His photographic work is published in books and magazines from Spain (among others, Arquitectura Viva,el Croquis, A+T, Arquitectos COAM, Pasajes, Diarios el Pais, ABC, el Mundo…) and abroad ( among others, Domus Italiy, A+U Japan, Bauwelt Germany, C3 Corea, Geo, a+ Netherlands…) Published “Miguel de Guzmán Architectural Photography“ the book that contains a selection of photographs taken between the years 2003 and 2013, and which give example of a new way in the making of architectural photography. Trama editorial (2013) Text by Andrés Jaque and Iván López Munuera Bilingual edition: spanish and english.

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Más realizan sus estudios de Arquitectura en la Escuela Técnica Superior de Arquitectura de Madrid. De este periodo datan una serie de proyectos por los que en 1998 obtienen sendas becas que les permiten viajar a Escandinavia, donde, fascinadas por la cultura nórdica, comienzan a analizar la esencia de la arquitectura en relación con la naturaleza, colaborando con Lund (Suecia) y Copenhague (Dinamarca) con estudios de arquitectura. Veidimanna Protum se funda en el campus universitario de Otaniemi, Helsinki, en agosto de 2000, durante un congreso de arquitectura y urbanismo. A partir de este momento Veidimanna Protum decide regresar a España para poner en práctica lo aprendido. Los objetivos son la definición de nuevos tipos de relaciones entre la arquitectura y la situación cultural contemporánea. En 2002 tras recibir el encargo de diversos proyectos de arquitectura en España -entre ellos varios proyectos del modisto Español Pedro del Hierro- abren otro despacho en Marbella, que junto con el de Madrid forman las dos sedes del Grupo. En la actualidad Veidimanna Protum desarrolla proyectos de diversa índole compremetiéndose con el cliente y con el proyecto arquitectónico.