cadaval & sola morales arquitectos: X house in barcelona

cadaval & sola morales arquitectos: X house in barcelona

‘X house’ by cadaval & sola-morales arquitectos, barcelona, spainimage © sara pereznietoall images courtesy of cadaval & sola-morales arquitectos

 

 

a methodological process responding to several site constraints led the ‘X house’ to its powerful shape and name. designed by spanish practice cadaval & sola-morales arquitectos, the dwelling first stemmed from the large pine tree at the top of the property, located right in the middle making an entrance into the structure quite difficult. located on the top of a steep valley in cabrils, the owners also wanted views of the ocean and mountains that were inconveniently situated on opposite sides, and still wanted to maintain some sort of privacy from the neighboring homes.the ‘X’ therefore came about as a solution to all the above problems, straddling and preserving the tree while creating an angled access into the garage; the front-facing facades made up of large windows extend views in almost all directions while the concrete shell maintains solidity onthe lateral facets of the construction for added privacy. recessed into the site, but not so much as to require excessive excavation, the house itselfis like a plinth cantilevering into the air, maintaining an almost invisible presence from the street and creating a rooftop look-out point. the program is organized over two floors, the top of which contains the garage, a studio, bathroom and master bedroom and is conceived as theowners’ private area. the lower contains the social functions in a double height light-flooded space, the kitchen and living room overlap and communicated, anchored around a central eight-meter long table. there is also a clear distinction between the the projecting side of the dwellingwhich is very obviously aimed at providing the best views in all directions; by contrast the embedded half houses the service areas and other rooms.a pool, located several meters downhill, is hidden amongst the vegetation of the site and surrounded by lush green.

 

 

cadaval & sola morales arquitectos: X house in barcelonaview from below the siteimage © sara pereznieto

 

 

cadaval & sola morales arquitectos: X house in barcelonaperched up in the top of a valley extending views out over barcelonaimage © sara pereznieto

 

 

cadaval & sola morales arquitectos: X house in barcelonabird’s eye viewimage © sara pereznieto

 

 

cadaval & sola morales arquitectos: X house in barcelona(left) image © iwaan ban(right) image © santiago garces

 

 

cadaval & sola morales arquitectos: X house in barcelonafront elevationimage © sara pereznieto

 

 

cadaval & sola morales arquitectos: X house in barcelonaimage © santiago garces

 

 

cadaval & sola morales arquitectos: X house in barcelonaentrance onto rooftop lookout pointimage © iwan baan

 

 

cadaval & sola morales arquitectos: X house in barcelonaimage © iwan baan

 

 

cadaval & sola morales arquitectos: X house in barcelonadriveway slope into garageimage © santiago garces

 

 

cadaval & sola morales arquitectos: X house in barcelonaview over the valleyimage © iwan baan

 

 

cadaval & sola morales arquitectos: X house in barcelonafront balcony provides a great observation areaimages © iwan baan

 

 

cadaval & sola morales arquitectos: X house in barcelonakitchen and living areaimage © sara pereznieto

 

 

cadaval & sola morales arquitectos: X house in barcelonaliving roomimage © iwan baan

 

 

cadaval & sola morales arquitectos: X house in barcelona(left) image © iwan baan(right) image © sara pereznieto

 

 

cadaval & sola morales arquitectos: X house in barcelonaimage © iwan baan

 

 

cadaval & sola morales arquitectos: X house in barcelona(left) living room before furnishing(right) loft areaimages © santiago garces

 

 

cadaval & sola morales arquitectos: X house in barcelonakitchenimage © iwan baan

 

 

cadaval & sola morales arquitectos: X house in barcelonasplit in circulation to the other wing of the houseimage © sara pereznieto

 

 

cadaval & sola morales arquitectos: X house in barcelonastudyimage © iwan baan

 

 

cadaval & sola morales arquitectos: X house in barcelonaview of the second floorimage © iwan baan

 

 

cadaval & sola morales arquitectos: X house in barcelonabedroomimage © iwan baan

 

  

cadaval & sola morales arquitectos: X house in barcelonaimages © santiago garces

 

 

cadaval & sola morales arquitectos: X house in barcelonanight viewimage © iwan baan

 

 

cadaval & sola morales arquitectos: X house in barcelonaimage © sara pereznieto

 

 

 

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cadaval & sola morales arquitectos: X house in barcelonasite plan

 

 

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cadaval & sola morales arquitectos: X house in barcelonaconcept diagram

 

 

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project info:

 

 

project: eduardo cadaval & clara solà-morales.collaborators: bruno pereira, pamela diaz de leon, daniela tramontozzi, manuel tojalbuilding engineering: joaquin pelaezstructural engineering: carles gelpi.construction company: topcret constructions.location: cabrils, barcelona, spainarea: 300 m2date: project: 2009. construction 2012

  • So Dr.H is basically sayin that if a country is in crisis and some hard working people still manage to buy themselves a good house with great design they are basically not allowed? Sorry I dont support that, you must remember this is a house, a private client, wich means the design needs only to have meaning for the ones who will actually live there. This i not a public project where you should then take in consideration the country’s situation and the people’s perspective in matter to make it have an overall meaning.
    Anyway, I like this design, wasnt fan of the “X” concept but they really made it work fantastic.

    neutral
    Feb 16, 2013
  • I would not describe the architectural execution as an innovation, however the engineering, site and material selection seems challenging. Visually it seems devoid of character or realistic purpose.

    Jay Vlez-Lombardia
    Feb 06, 2013
  • Bond, James Bond needs a house this big. Especially now that his ancestral home is in ruins.

    Gordon
    Feb 02, 2013
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