a cero: marble and bamboo a cero: marble and bamboo
jul 31, 2012

a cero: marble and bamboo

‘marble and bamboo’ by a-cero, madrid, spain all images courtesy of a-cero

a-cero of spain has recently completed their newest single-family house, ‘marble and bamboo’ in the northern region of madrid. situated on a rectangular lot surrounded by oak and pine trees, the residence coexists with its context to preserve the existing native vegetation. as the name implies, the concrete frame and shear wall structure is clad in porous cream-colored stone tiles with bamboo planks wrapping parts of the facade to create a play of stacked angled volumes with sharp and curvilinear edges.

public gathering functions are held on the ground level, boasting a polished white marble floor and light-colored walls that reflect light all throughout the space. three bedrooms are located upstairs with a contrasting havanna oak flooring creating a warmer environment. the garage and other services are designated to the basement, with a pathway that emerges gradually from below-grade to the street-side. the back of the residence is focused around two horizontal planes that transition out of the ground, allowing all programmatical elements to be connected to the backyard through a continuous wall of glazing overlooking the swimming pool.


front yard

structure around tree

swimming pool

rear facade



living room

dining/ living room

dining room



floor plan / level 0

floor plan / level 1

floor plan / level -1




  • gorgeous and remarble.

    Alick.Woo says:
  • a wasted opportunity of making something good.

    ivan says:
  • looks interesting but no relation with the outside

    kitumba johnmary says:
  • somebody introduced marcel to zaha

    dbkii says:
  • A bit cool-corporate, jetsons-futurama for me but a well intended effort nevertheless.

    mArkW says:
  • High-tech is no purpose but a means: another lost chance. What a shame, such a pity.

    janappelgaard says:
  • Very nice.
    Good to see a concrete structure without the holes for form ties

    Dan says:
  • if inside looked was counterbalancing futuristic outside I believe it would look more welcoming

    toomuch says:
  • It’s very good. Nice layout, outside design very good. The only thing is not so good and doesnt match with the rest. Maybe is the carpets in the living area. but… im not sure. maybe the color of the carpets doesnt match.

    Alex says:

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