Bitxo House stands on the gentle hills of the Pre-Pyrenean landscape of Graugés, in the Berguedá area, a hundred kilometres north of Barcelona, with the Queralt mountain assortment at the background and found amongst mountain fashion houses.The owners, Xavier and Queralt, the two of them musicians, get, about 20 many years in the past, a plot to raise the stave, exactly where to the score of their lives. In excess of time, without rush. The design and construction of housing extends for above ten many years, until finally right now.
In contact with the ground, the lines of the stave get broken, soak up the trace of an previous path and set a diagonal on the web site which then serves to structure a hierarchic approach, adding aspects and processes, which are utilised to feel the house, and build it with a dramatic concrete construction loading a ceramic lattice. The spaces are defined by cost-free-standing bodies lined with colourful glazed ceramic, under the concrete slab covered in Arabic tiles coated in standard colour, as the nearby rules mandate.
Starting up at the entrance, under the lattice, the spaces and rooms are arranged, structured along the trace, in a spiral motion that at first follows the natural slope with a ramp top to the kitchen, and a double-height dining and residing rooms. The ascent continues, with half height ranges to tight the spaces against the concrete slab of the roof in correspondence to the privacy of the major and secondary bedrooms and service rooms. The end of the stroll, completed only in the venture with a fireman’s pole, prospects to the taking part in space for youngsters, redundant element for the total home is, in reality, their playground.
The Bitxo Property is the unpredictable consequence of a predictable and restrictive legislation, which regulates the creation of any new architecture to be presumably erected in a respectful method in the direction of the web site and the conventional buildings.
Nonetheless, a stone or ceramic façade, a conventional tile roofing or the local pastel colour chart, as set in the local laws, are not sufficient to mimic the environment, nor to produce an architecture to be an “expression of its time” as pursued by contemporary culture because the early twentieth century.
Bitxo Home is a research on these circumstances of start off: if the components are set by the regulations, the geometry expresses itself as a strong tool to turn round. The property is positioned perpendicular to the street, with a single slope roof that decreases the front façade to a huge window. The home bows to the street opposing to the acts of assertiveness of the proud neighbouring facades. Instead, the major volume is concentrated in direction of the backyard, the place it achieves more privacy, away from street, zealously hiding the outdoor existence of its inhabitants.
In contrast, its primary facade is perceived only tangentially, and extends throughout the web site structuring the main entire body and the pool and backyard shed volumes. The roof, with the slope and coating materials set by rules, turns into a unifying element of the spaces beneath, although shaping them, as it gets closer or higher to the ground, characterizing the a lot more public or personal rooms beneath.
It is difficult to assess progress of knowledge in a discipline such as architecture. We only have the intuition of having prevented a setback in the on-going construction of the world in that single level. Much more info on Lagula Arquitectes website.
Posted by Michelle Lesser at seven February, 2014
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