Program: single-family house
Location: Calders, Barcelona, Spain
Photography: Adrià Goula
This is a house with a very small budget but with open-minded clients. We wanted to create “just a roof”. The house is a “bay window”, designed to draw the eye from even the most breathtaking landscape. In order to emphasize the natural environment, we create a structure of concrete horizontal slabs with columns of steel H-sections of 120mmx120mm to create a building with no walls. The structure defines the form of the house.
We wanted to design a house that is more like exterior garden than interior, a space in which furniture and plants are placed directly under the blue sky. Our aim is a living space with a feeling of openness and connection to the richness of the environment. A series of sliding glass doors transforms an indoor space in an inside out. The wall-less transparent building provides an environment with maximum sunlight and well natural ventilated.
To achieve a multifunctional and flexible space that can be opened and closed we added a space in-between the rooms and the garden. From that the residents may go outside to feel the breeze.
We wanted to create a continuity between the natural setting and the house. We wanted to bring the exterior in and became part of the interior, where the inside and outside were surprisingly continuous. We like the idea of designing a house with the feeling “Volkswagen camper van” being seen as a rolling symbol of independence and freedom, combining comfort, performance and style living with nature.
The residents can feel “an architecture of four seasons”, they can feel the movement of time, and they can appreciate the changes of nature, the enjoyment of climate.
Narch – Joan Ramon Pascuets and Mònica Mosset
NARCH is a Barcelona based research studio, practicing architecture, urbanism and cultural analysis with an international network of collaborators.
NARCH is trying to push the traditional boundaries of architecture, including philosophy, art, sociology, media, renewable energy, technology… to achieve the architecture as a background of people’s activity.
NARCH explores architecture as neutral, transparent, immaterial, light construction, imperceptible, to undo and remove the edges fixed to allow connections, circuits, transits and becomings.
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