Casa 2en1 / Gaztelu Jerez

first_imgPhotographs:  Javier BravoArchitect In Charge:Enrique Jerez Abajo, Koldo FdezConstruction:Construcciones Cumabe SLFurniture:Richana, Burgos (Vitra, Ethnicraft)Rigger:Domingo del CuraStructure:Rubiera Burgos, Álvaro HernandoBudget:304.929 €City:CaleruegaCountry:SpainMore SpecsLess SpecsSave this picture!© Javier BravoText description provided by the architects. Despite its modesty, designing a house for a specific client is, probably, the most demanding and fascinating challenge for an architect.Save this picture!© Javier BravoOne of the objects of this job, which went on for 5 years, was to design 2 similar houses for 2 brothers, avoiding simple repetition and symmetry. The other one was to opt for an architecture simultaneously contemporary, related to vernacular and which carried out the strict (… and we think that excessive) urban regulations from this small rural towns. Finally, the project would be built by the small local company run by these brothers, so some of the solutions were both new and stimulating.Save this picture!© Javier BravoFrom the beginning, the project was understood as an only house, as an only entity in which, seen from outside, you could hardly appreciate 2 houses.Save this picture!DiagramFrom outside, the construction does not reflect the addition of vertical stratums, but horizontal ones. A base or “sandwich” made of concrete and natural local stone supports a volume which is reminiscent of the primary, traditional and symbolic archetype of “the house”, just as it is usually identified by the collective unconscious. The top volume is covered with smooth and white limestone from the local stone quarry.Save this picture!© Javier BravoThe ground floor is opened to the garden by means of big floor-to-ceiling windows protected by porches, whereas the top volume is hollowed out in a more isolated way. This way, we generate an apparently contradictory, but we think that also valid, dichotomy: the rough material nature from the ground floor is combined with abstract windows, as well as with small flat roofs (we really like those comfortable American houses by Marcel Breuer), whereas the greater material cleanness from the top volume is combined with smaller windows and a modest tiled roof.Save this picture!DiagramThe spaces from the ground floor look at several enclosed points from the garden, thanks to several elements that, as a kind of telescopes, separate themselves from the rectangular geometry of the top volume, generating open porches, at the halfway from the inside and the outside. The two top floors look at the distant Ribera del Duero prairies. In the top floor, one of the houses is hollowed out to get a flat roof opened to the south.Save this picture!© Javier BravoInside, a wooden staircase, together with walkways and high ceilings over the living room and the dining room, link several floors, promoting wealth of space and unity.Save this picture!© Javier BravoProject gallerySee allShow lessLibrary in Freiburg / Degelo Architekten + IttenbrechBühlSelected ProjectsThe Riparian House / Architecture BRIOSelected Projects Share Spain Projects CopyHouses•Caleruega, Spain “COPY” Architects: Gaztelu Jerez Area Area of this architecture project Year:  2013 Save this picture!© Javier Bravo+ 20 Share ArchDaily “COPY” Casa 2en1 / Gaztelu JerezSave this projectSaveCasa 2en1 / Gaztelu Jerez Houses ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/783457/casa-2en1-gaztelu-jerez-arquitectos Clipboard ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/783457/casa-2en1-gaztelu-jerez-arquitectos Clipboard Area:  625 m² Year Completion year of this architecture project Casa 2en1 / Gaztelu Jerez Photographs CopyAbout this officeGaztelu JerezOfficeFollowProductsStoneConcrete#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsResidential ArchitectureHousesCaleruegaSpainPublished on March 09, 2016Cite: “Casa 2en1 / Gaztelu Jerez” 09 Mar 2016. 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