The house is located in an old and famous development in the metropolitan area of Madrid. It was originally a privately owned Mediterranean forest, and despite the population pressure in the area, the environmental quality of the area has been maintained thanks to the careful protection of holm oak.
There are several sites on the block where the interventions were developed, scattered over the soft terrain, the most distinctive feature of which is a slight depression in the eastern half. Next to this depression is holm oak, the largest oak in the field, and the project was created to create an indoor and outdoor space around the tree.
In this way, the house is organized into an L-shaped floor plan, and its wings occupy a space in the lowest part of the plot in the shade of this magnificent tree.
The east wing of L, from north to south, accommodates the private space of the owners on the second floor. The first floor is integrated with the outer space next to the great holm oak. The west side is from east to west. There are attached spaces in the basement, public space on the first floor and childrens bedrooms on the second floor.
The two wings are vertically displaced by half a horizontal plane, allowing the house to adapt to the existing terrain. The connection between these half floors is solved by a large glass passage block, which acts as an L-shaped hinge between the two wings of the main hall, and is the connecting element of different floors as mentioned above.
The house tries to show the image of the Mediterranean through a combination of white plaster and debris that is very popular in the Mediterranean region of Spain. At the same time, through the space fragmentation and level of the game, it does not try to have an objective or imposing characteristics, but smoothly settle down in the surrounding environment, looking for places close to the trees. Because of this very close game of light and shadow, its existence becomes blurred.
As for the interior space, the designer seeks the same continuity as the environment, especially in two aspects: on the one hand, in the East Wing multi-function hall mentioned earlier, it intends to integrate with the outer space next to the big oak tree, especially when the weather is fine; on the other hand, in the dining room and living room on the west wing, there are four large sliding windows around its south side, which span up to 1 0 meters can be hidden on the wall. Once they disappear, the space is fully integrated with the South porch and garden.
The only time a design becomes more confident is accessing volumes. The homeowner wants a space based on his childhood and summer memories, which he calls the Glass Sea; once in this space, he can put the burden and worry of daily life behind him, and have a feeling of returning home.
The highest point of the space is nearly 10 meters, which deals with the vertical displacement of different parts of the terrain and the house, but also has a strong dramatic feature: the lower area can be seen from the entrance, with the great holm oak behind it; on the right is the passage connecting with the main hall and connected by a horizontal gap; on the left, it shows the access to his private space road.
Finally, a bridge connects this to the childrens area. The designer hopes that such a scale, the view of the back garden, the sun full of space at noon, and the complex connection elements can cultivate the Glass Sea feeling that the owners are eager for and give birth to their own houses.