otto medem arquitectura: el viento residence, madrid otto medem arquitectura: el viento residence, madrid
feb 21, 2013

otto medem arquitectura: el viento residence, madrid

‘el viento’ by otto medem arquitectura, madrid, spainimage © antonio terron, otto medem de la torriente and luis h. segoviaall images courtesy of otto medem arquitectura

 

 

‘el viento’ residence came to be as the result of spanish architect otto medem’s explosive connection to the site upon its discovery. its location on an escarpment in the mountainous villalba area with unabated views of madrid’s mountain range, medem’s practice, otto medem arquitectura, used the site’s natural contours and spectacular sight lines to dictate the arquitectonic qualities of the house as a sequence of discoveries as one moves from room to room. an embracing entrance into the site with concealing white walls dulls the senses before enjoying the fragments of views offered from the interior through the various lenses that frame different parts of the landscape. formally speaking, the dwelling consists of shards of planes that seem to erroneously stretch across the site dynamically colliding into one another resulting in playful nooks and overhangs giving depth to the light and shadows that hide around every corner. the protruding geometries are in reality strategically placed and sized for light or  views that become part of the quotidian events of life.

entranceimage © antonio terron, otto medem de la torriente and luis h. segovia

 

 

 

the entrance foyer is like a pivot that expresses an unexpected vertical space and provides a clear set of options for circulating through the radiating wings of the house. organized around three levels, the upper floor contains the master bedroom and bathroom, the main level on grade houses the kitchen, living room, garage, and smaller bedrooms, and the most social area partially embedded into the site offers access to a living area, sauna, steam room, indoor spa and exterior swimming pool. an imposing boulder found intruding in the middle of the plot was not removed and instead made into a uniting element around which leisure activities are organized, making its presence in the inside as much as the outside and acts as a sort of base around which the dwelling develops. originally designed as a direct result of the site, the post-construction project embraces and enhances the experience of the surrounding natural elements.

view from the mountainside image © antonio terron, otto medem de la torriente and luis h. segovia

housing elements extend into the landscapeimage © antonio terron, otto medem de la torriente and luis h. segovia

(left) nooks created by the intersection of planes(right) overhangs and cantilevers create areas of shadeimage © antonio terron, otto medem de la torriente and luis h. segovia

back deck and pool with integrated boulderimage © antonio terron, otto medem de la torriente and luis h. segovia

poolside verandaimage © antonio terron, otto medem de la torriente and luis h. segovia

image © antonio terron, otto medem de la torriente and luis h. segovia

front entryimage © antonio terron, otto medem de la torriente and luis h. segovia

windows up high bring in plenty of daylightimage © antonio terron, otto medem de la torriente and luis h. segovia

bright inteiors and reflective hardwood floorsimage © antonio terron, otto medem de la torriente and luis h. segovia

kitchenimage © antonio terron, otto medem de la torriente and luis h. segovia

upstairs bedroomimage © antonio terron, otto medem de la torriente and luis h. segovia

stair well with slivers of intense natural lightimage © antonio terron, otto medem de la torriente and luis h. segovia

anteroom to the indoor steam roomimage © antonio terron, otto medem de la torriente and luis h. segovia

boulder integrated into the designimage © antonio terron, otto medem de la torriente and luis h. segovia

steam roomimage © antonio terron, otto medem de la torriente and luis h. segovia

image © antonio terron, otto medem de la torriente and luis h. segovia

protruding geometries accented with artificial lightingimage © antonio terron, otto medem de la torriente and luis h. segovia

image © antonio terron, otto medem de la torriente and luis h. segovia

back yard and the nearby town in the distanceimage © antonio terron, otto medem de la torriente and luis h. segovia

view from the central boulder and swimming poolimage © antonio terron, otto medem de la torriente and luis h. segovia

 

floor plan / level 0

 

 

floor plan / level 1

 

 

floor plan / level -1

 

 

elevation

 

 

elevation

 

 

elevation

 

 

concept sketch

 

 

 

 

 

 

project info:

 

 

architect: otto medem de la torrecollaborating architects: carlos bernardez agrafojo, laura portillo rodrigueztechnical architect: andres garea noguerolstructural calculations: JCRconstruction: jesus gomaz amorosextension builder: peter jozsalandscape architect: GAP 3lighting: anos luzlocation: collado, villabla, madrid, spainarea: 839.84 m2

  • nice…love it…and the sketches are even better…

    Iva says:
  • this is wonderful. congrats.

    hoseun says:
  • hate to be picky (because it’s so obvious what any amount of money can buy) but although the boulder is included well, the building looks almost it is being excluded from the landscape. The surrounding landscape/fauna is so beautiful why would you put an english lawn around it all? totally different suburban thought. just seems as if the whole could be incorporated into the landscape a bit better if they bought a set of besian curves and a local plant guide.
    the free sketches are very nice and suggest the landscape is better included

    pete says:
  • Ya to the above. Such a contrast between the landscaping and the natural surroundings, inconsistent with the sketches and finished form of the house. The boulders are incorporated into the house but eradicated from the yard. Possibly there is a limit spatially and temporally to the architects influence. Like, when the house is done someone else took over and did the garden.

    Gordon says:
  • Pete: great comment/observation. Very possibly the architect had little control. one never knows what will happen after a house is turned over to a client. And landscaping always gives way to other cost over-runs 🙂

    rich says:
  • Very nice large home with lots of room only thing left is the vents must have the right ac units.. gotta come see.

    n1gga says:

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