by Zooco

The Project is developed in an existing dwelling located in a residential area of el Sardinero, an exclusive neighbourhood with magnificent views of the Cantabric Sea. The dwelling belongs to the attic level and seizes the whole plan extension of the building. In its origin, the house had an outdated plan distribution. The access hall had no natural light nor air and the access to the different rooms was handled by a long corridor. With these starting premises, the claim was to give the dwelling an open and relieved disposition, with an open limit that exploits the views of this location. To get to the present result, we uncover the concrete structure and redesign a new distribution that works independently from the structure. The main element of the project is the central wood rack piece of furniture that sets the different uses of the house. This volume integrates the access to the private area –bedroom, dressing room and bathroom-, segregating this way the day area –living and dining room-, and hosting a wine cellar, a desk and extra storage. The new open spaces allow the spatial continuity between rooms and to the exterior part thanks to the big windows and porches. The concrete’s rough and brutality and the wood’s warmth is a duality that generates a harmonic tension in the dwelling keeping its own character and not mixing themselves, independent in their nature. The oak wood and the concrete become the leaders of the colours and textures palette. The importance of the sea, almost visible from every spot of the house, gives the argument to this palette. This way the blue and yellow complete the chromatic combination of the project.

Architects: Zooco Estudio
Location: Santander, Spain
Date: 2018
Photography: Imagen Subliminal (Miguel de Guzmán + Rocío Romero)


Architects: Zooco




Glorieta de Bilbao 1 2ºCentro
28004 Madrid

+34 (91) 735 5490


Calle del Sol Nº40, Entpta.
39003 Santander

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Zooco Estudio es una firma de arquitectura con sede en Madrid y Santander fundada por los arquitectos Miguel Crespo Picot, Javier Guzmán Benito y Sixto Martín Martínez.

A lo largo su carrera profesional han ganado diferentes premios y concursos, entre los que destacan el Centro Cívico Cultural de Soto de la Marina (Cantabria) y el Centro de las Artes Escénicas en Verín (Galicia). Compaginan los trabajos de gran escala con la creación y renovación de espacios en el sector contract, retail y residencial, destacando proyectos como el restaurante La Maruca, Orgaz y Atrapallada, u hoteles como Hotel Azul o Flamingo.