Garden House by Joaquín Alvado Bañón

Category: Houses Published on 18 Dec, 2012 Tags: , , , , , ,

Spanish architect Joaquin Alvado Bañón has recently realized the ‘Garden House‘, a project that research the relation between nature and architecture. It is a rethinking, in a sustainable way of life, to transform the way of promoting the east side of SpainThe ground floor occupies the entire plot. The vertical elements of the structure merge with the tree trunks. Glass separates the interior from the exterior, limestone paving entering and leaving. An uncertain relationship is established between what is happening inside and outside, between the edges. Radiant floor heating makes this design condition comfortable.

The design establishes the natural/artificial relationship at every level. The distribution of the house descends to level 0 while the garden climbs to the upper storeys. The aim of this condition was that the blend of architecture and landscape should be present in every sphere of the project. Walk on earth and damp grass at every level of the house, breathe in its Mediterranean nature. Three generations in one place led to suggesting three life options. The ground floor is a shared environment but the upper storeys, dismembered by their entrances, allow more privacy. The idea sprang from seeing three ways to live in the same surroundings, three objects related to a single context. Private and public are part of the dwelling brief and as such are included as a working condition.

The stairs to the upper floors divide the built volumes into specific programmes. Structurally, because of earthquake risk, three independent structures had to be designed. They are stabilised by the sloping slabs that take the vegetation to the upper floors. The staircases are independent structures and some flights are only accessible to those occupying particular rooms. The built and plant elements combine into a structure of related fragments. Real things and their images generate combinations that multiply, endowing the project with this condition of unreality. The reflex glazing used on different planes of F brings the vegetation and the sky into the façades. Because the mirror-glazed elements are sliding and the weather changes, they make the project a live and dynamic thing.

The sloping planes introduce elements of the brief that establish bonds between the public nature of the ground floor and the private nature of the upper floors. The ramp entering the garage and those that raise the vegetation to the upper floors are public zones within the private spheres of the building.

(Click images for full size photos)


images © David Frutos


Villa Rieteiland-Oost by Egeon Architecten
Harbour Attic by Gosplan
Residence in Kifissia by Tense Architecture Network
The Wall House by FARM
Christopher's - Martini Bar and Restaurant in London by De Matos Ryan
11 the Paragon by Madam Studio
Renovation of Casa Dorda by Martín Lejarraga Architects
Camper Together store in São Paulo by Atelier Marko Brajovic
Soho Penthouse by Andrew Franz Architect
Luxury apartment building on Passatge Marimon in Barcelona by Mateoarquitectura
Casa Baladrar in Benissa by Langarita-Navarro Arquitectos
Ace Hotel Downtown Los Angeles by Commune Design
House in Sai Kung by Millimeter
Beats by Dre Headquarters by Bestor Architecture, Culver City
Autodesk's Tel-Aviv Offices by Setter Architects
A’ House in Tokyo by Wiel Arets Architects
Apartment H+M in Wien by destilat
JPG.ARQ refurbishes an apartment at Paulicéia Building, São Paulo
Candy Crush Offices by Adolfsson & Partners, Stockholm
Dune House by Marc Koehler architects

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.

4 × = twenty four

You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <s> <strike> <strong>


Submit Your Work