acha zaballa arquitectos: more house, cantabria acha zaballa arquitectos: more house, cantabria
jan 18, 2013

acha zaballa arquitectos: more house, cantabria

‘more house’ by acha zaballa arquitectos, cantabria, spainimage © jose cutillasall images courtesy of acha zaballa arquitectos



the ‘more house’ by spanish firm acha zaballa arquitectos is located in a developing low-density residential area known as montealegre in the outskirts of castro-urdiales. the primary strategy in the design was to optimize efficiency in space as much in the exterior landscaping as in theinterior organization of program. much of the site is excavated, defined by an irregular angular retaining wall. apart from creating a protected exterior garden out of the site of neighbors, it also allows the masonry structured house to take on a vertical aspect as the basement level can receive natural light and fresh air. following the form of three wood-clad stacked boxes, the alternating nature of the dwelling creates resultant spacesthat support extra activities. overhangs provide shade and cover in certain outdoor areas whereas the upper side of the volume now creates a south-facing terrace. each mass contains two equally sized windows that offer views in differing directions. a central staircase runs like a spinethrough all the levels as the program develops on either side of it, lending to maximum efficiency in circulation.



approachimage © jose cutillas



image © jose cutillas



view from the streetimage © jose cutillas



exterior stairs lead down to the embedded sectionimage © jose cutillas



entranceimage © jose cutillas



entry floorimage © jose cutillas



polished concrete floors and white walls reflect lightimage © jose cutillas



second levelimage © jose cutillas



image © jose cutillas



central stairsimage © jose cutillas



site plan



floor plan / level 0



floor plan / level 1



floor plan / level -1






landscape retaining wall



project info:


site area: 505 m2built area: 176.59 m2cost: 235,000 EUR, excluding VATconstruction: construcciones iturriaga

  • this really is a lovely piece of work

    dbkii says:

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