XPIRAL: introverted house, spain
XPIRAL: introverted house, spain XPIRAL: introverted house, spain
feb 22, 2013
XPIRAL: introverted house, spain

‘introverted house’ by XPIRAL, murcia, spain
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all images courtesy of XPIRAL



‘I think that the architecture requires a visit to be truly understood, but all of these fluctuating tri-dimensional concepts…are magnified through the house’
- architect javier peña


the dynamic one-storey helical ‘introverted house’ by spanish firm XPIRAL rejects the less-than-exciting surrounding landscape and instead creates
a central green courtyard around which all program radially unfolds.a composite concrete, steel and wood structure transitions into one another
creating a cyclical sequence of spaces and a receptacle for capturing the subtle nuances of light, being transformed by its constantly changing qualities.
each material allows a different nature of space, as the heavier concrete uses its thermal mass to both cool and heat the main living areas, slightly
cavernous in nature; steel trusses create thin peripheral elements that bring the user closer to the exterior, and timber components add warmth and
balance to the more industrial elements. a corridor is cantilevered off of the main mass wrapped in a micro-perforated corrugated steel skin that allows
the free passage of air but maintains a certain level of privacy to the rooftop swimming pool beyond, enjoying all the direct sunlight possible.
this suspended element also defines a threshold that can be crossed underneath on the pixelated green property adding another experienced dimension
to the residence.



entrance on the higher part of the site
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cantileverd concrete structure
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integrated stairs under the pool area into the courtyard
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(left) underside of the structure
(right) interior garden courtyard
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view into the courtyard
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rooftop swimming pool
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semi-exterior patio entrance
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(left) balcony
(right) main entrance
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main living space with crossing wooden beams
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illuminated balcony
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floor plan / level 0


















project info:



project: single family residence
location: mirador de agridulce, espinardo, murcia, spain
developer: d. andres caravaca parellon
archtitect: javier peña galiano
team: maren klaschen, javier jimenez, malte eglinger
technical architect: felipe saez
budget: 140,722.36 EUR
structural engineer: jose + juan cutillas (estructuras filigranas)
wood structure: miguel nevado (amatex)
metal structure: antonio lopez / domingo (metalgrating)

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