What do you expect of a house located on a Mediterranean resort city in which two different seasonal inhabitation models shift all year round? Spanish office’s Casos de Casas answer to this question is, actually, to propose a new way of living –a crossroads between compact, urban, high-density housing and laid-back, holiday home architecture. A seasonless house.
The architects proposal for clients in Vinaroz, Castellon (located on the highly exploited Mediterranean Spanish coast) is a house that consciously disassociates itself from its built environment in order to achieve one for itself –a landscape of domestic activities and possibilities on the inside of the house.
This is achieved through the construction of a playground in the centre of the sloping plot of land. Around this playground a series of objects were built to work as catalysts for different household activities, organizing the plans for the house. This way the house is conceived as a place of multiple, unexpected activities, in which there is no set program for each space. The house works as a landscape ready and willing to be inhabitated by the user.
These spaces are located in three different heights, always connected to the central core of activities of the house. The conventionally more private areas of the house are situated on the top floor, protecting the ground area from the view of passers-by. The inside if the house is visually connected across the patio to the views of the surrounding landscape.
The house is built in a simple metal frame structure and complex multi-layered walls in order to achieve maximum energetic efficiency out of a standarised and modulated construction system. According to the orientation of the façades, the walls are built in combination of different elements – cellular polycarbonate, undulated polycarbonate, metallic tiles, agro-textiles and different glazings. This allows for an endless combination of possibilities not only in favour of better climate control on the inside of the house, but also a wide range of spatial effects related to light, surface textures, and user’s privacy.
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Photography by Jose Hevia. All rights reserved.
Plans by Casos de Casas.