Company name: Pepa Díaz Architect
Contact e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Project location: Bolnuevo
Completion Year: 2019
Building area (m²): 196
Other participants: Francisco J. Guillermo y Jose Luis Pérez ( zereprojects)
Photo credits: David Frutos
‘… I want to live the landscape, the most essential is to inhabit this place’ said Miguel Ángel F.M. This need, longing, excitement… was what touched me the day I went along to the plot for the first time with the future inhabitants, and it was on this desire that the entire project development was rooted.
The house is sealed off from the urbanization to engage in a dialogue with the landscape, in which the architecture introduces textures and shapes of the surrounding landscape in an abstract language: traces of the runoff in the clay or tumoural protuberances sculpted in the gredas. Designed so that family intimacy is grounded in this place, the house seeks to tell the story of the place.
The house attempts to create tranquillity with its own language, trying to leave behind the rush that prevents us from inhabiting our homes, leaving behind the hustle and bustle of life to only see the sea and the land, striving for distance and calm. The landscape has a force that makes it vibrant and yet gives you peace, and this is experienced with respect and integration.
The desire for wellbeing was essential as the basis for imagining this house project, aiming to achieve an architecture in harmony between the place where it is located and activities that take place there, this is what I define as human architecture, and it is one of the main purposes of this work.
The house flows between outside and inside, the limit has been reduced to a minimum, the inhabitant does not wish this frontier to exist during the three quarters of the year when our Mediterranean climate allows us to enjoy the outdoor space; and in this transition between the porch, as a greater frame, and the interior space, the aim is to dilute as much as possible the limit between being inside and outside.
The house aims to bring the landscape closer to human beings, to invite them to be aware, to converse unconsciously with it. I understand architecture as a conversation with nature, something that sometimes seems to have been forgotten; I sought to loosen up this interaction mode, trying to humanize it through geometrization, focusing on providing answers to human questions. Bringing together the sensorial and the rational.
Juhani Pallasmaa argues in his book The Eyes of the Skin that we need the architectural geometry of a room to think clearly. The geometry of thought echoes within the geometry of the room.