elii: house of would, madrid
elii: house of would, madrid elii: house of would, madrid
dec 24, 2012
elii: house of would, madrid

‘house of would’ by elii, madrid, spain
image © miguel de guzman
all images courtesy of elii



located on a sloping plot of land in pedrezuela, northern madrid, the ‘house of would’ by spanish firm elii is a photo album-cum-dwelling that captures
the individual memories experienced by the client in separate structures throughout her life and compiles them into a new dwelling. built in just 21,600 minutes,
the prefabricated modular house fits together like a giant erector set, with standard wooden panels and dry-mounted timber skeleton. one extreme is left almost
unfinished, leaving the possibility for growth in the future. the dwelling is composed of seven symmetrically identical wood spaces connected by translucent bridges.
the social spaces are located closer to the street on the higher section of the land, benefiting from view out over the landscape, while the private areas are allocated
to the lower region of the property to be more closely connected to the environment and away from public view. the dwelling itself acts as more of a sculptural object,
a tool that can be interacted with in many ways to write further chapters in the book of experiences. the inhabitable roof also collects water and directs it to the
garden in the central courtyard which offers a private exterior space.



walkthrough of the house
video © miguel de guzman



sitting on a sloping site
image © miguel de guzman



unfinished wing allows or future growth
image © miguel de guzman



driveway and deck
image © miguel de guzman



perforated CMU retaining wall
image © miguel de guzman



angular wooden facades
image © miguel de guzman



inhabitable roof as a sun-bathing area
image © miguel de guzman



image © miguel de guzman



translucent bridges connect individual wood structures
image © miguel de guzman



living room
image © miguel de guzman



image © miguel de guzman



translucent corridor
image © miguel de guzman



bird’s eye view
image © miguel de guzman



green context
image © miguel de guzman



image © miguel de guzman



message shines through the concrete perforations
image © miguel de guzman



image © miguel de guzman



during construction
image © miguel de guzman



structural wood components
image © miguel de guzman



construction timelapse
video © elii



site plan



floor plan / level 0















image © elii



image © elii



project info:



architects: elii – uriel fogué + eva gil + carlos palacios
team: enrico forestieri
client: isabel rodríguez hurtado
surveyor: samuel escudero
structures: mecanismo s.l.
mechanical: nieves plaza
construction company: dionisio torralba construcciones; altermateria (structural wood)
photography: elii (models); miguel de guzmán
model: elii – enrico forestieri, blanca macarrón, sara castellote, iris artemisa espinosa, lucía usera
total area: 210,90m2
start date: mayo 2011
completion: julio 2012
location: pedrezuela, madrid (spain)

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