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Residence House At Mijares.: Mijares. Santillana


The house and the workshop are located in a plot in a small housing estate in Mijares. Ithas good accessibility, a rural environment and far views of the mountains.The design solves a complex program, considering the determinations of the planningand the characteristics of the site: access from the good orientation; a sloped, trapeziumshapedplot; orientations; sights; adjacent buildings; and the presence of a great tree, a salixfragilix.The building is placed parallel to the access road leaving a small well orientatedgrassland in the front. A sufficient stripe of land is left in the back to protect the willow and makeroom for a little vegetable garden. The topography of the plot allows to superimpose thedifferent areas of the program (parents area, childrens area and workshop), each one with anindependent access and a certain degree of privacy.The construction is very simple. The half-buried volume is heavy, whereas elevated pieces arelight. The workshop is built with walls and slabs of reinforced concrete. The house mantains theconcrete core mixing with a directional steel structure. The thin aluminium panelling for thefašades and roof convey this sense of weightlessness which contrasts with the massiveconcrete structure of the workshop. The roofs are finished off with a landscape solution. Thefloors of the study are made of a resin based mortar and in the house we use floating larchwoodfloors. The exteriors are tiled with gray limestone and the bathrooms are panelled withphenolic boards. Inside, the doors are made of glass, except in the top floor where they remainhidden in a hanging plywood board.The spaces have a certain air of the Californian architecture of the fifties, so wellportrayed by Julius Schulman and recreated by the artist Rodney Graham in his work "TheGifted Amateur. " They are characterized by the constructive solutions, the big sculpturalopenings that allow the entry of light and, the spreading of the building in the environment. Theotherwise excessively industrial character is toned down by the natural wood used for theflooring, the wavy curtains and the furniture.The fixed furniture has been built with steel plate, plywood and glass. Pieces of furniture by LeCorbusier, Charles & Ray Eames, Maarten Van Severen, Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec andPatricia Urquiola were also used.The form of the building reflects the organization of three superimposed volumes whichdialogue with each other through the contrast of materials and the alternated windowsArchitects: Eduardo Fdez.-Abascal Teira y Florentina MuruzßbalSitgesProject: Residence House at MijaresConstructor: Sendalbo ConstructionsPhotography: Pablo Aus˙cua

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