Firm: Zooco Estudio
Authors: Miguel Crespo Picot, Javier Guzmán Benito, Sixto Martín Martínez
Collaborators: María Larriba Hombrados, Alejandro Cortizo Garcia
Photographer: Imagen Subliminal
About Zooco Estudio
ZOOCO ESTUDIO is a young architectural firm founded in 2008 by Miguel Crespo Picot, Javier Guzmán Benito and Sixto Martín Martínez, with head offices in Madrid and Santander.
ZOOCO ESTUDIO´s philosophy is facing each project, from interior interventions to large structures building, through the same creative process.
Developing projects with different scales, we realize that architectural decisions are always the same: to create spaces that give response to needs and environment, always based on the generation of a clear concept as the base of the project.
This vision of architecture and the flexibility to adapt to different projects, has made us understand our profession at a time of social and economic crisis.
ZOOCO ESTUDIO tries to project with fine materials and simple shapes to achieve a timeless and functional aesthetic. We always search for neutral spaces and projects that last over the years. With this objective, we combine the research into new materials and systems, with the knowledge of traditional processes.
M4 House is the result of the rupture of the pure volumes regarding a strict sense of orientation.
Located at the top of the land, you can see the forest of pines, oaks, and cedars that grow to the south, framing the views.
We break and desegregate the residential type volume in a pitched roof oriented always in the N-S direction, generating in this facade large openings and in its perpendicular side blind gaps that facilitate the accommodation of the structural elements.
As a result, we obtain three articulated volumes, two of which fly over the terrain, providing protection and shelter under them.
To provide solidity and forcefulness in contrast to the pronounced cantilevers, all the volumes are finished in limestone.
It is worth noting the diversity and differences between the N-S and E-O facades. The first are permeable and light, open to the surroundings, while the second are blind, heavy walls, inspired by the profile of the house type, however, with the relationship with what surrounds them.