otto medem creates a refuge in the mountains
‘house in valdemorillo’ by otto medem architects, valdemorillo, madrid, spain
all images courtesy of otto medem architects

 

 

 

two journalists seeking tranquility and refuge from the stressful city approached spanish architects otto medem arquitectura to design a single-family home in the outskirt of madrid in a small town called valdemorillo, which rests on the trail the king would be carried every summer in the medieval ages to seek similar refuge (and cooler temperatures) in the mountains. sited on a rugged terrain, the house is composed of three stacked linear volumes oriented specifically to benefit from natural light and the perfect views over the surrounding peaks and valleys.

otto medem creates a refuge in the mountains
entrance

 

 

 

the pristine white facade contrasts with the various brown hues of the dry landscape and help keep the home cool in the summer heat. upon entering, one finds themselves at the heart/ intersection of the overlapping forms in a large foyer that presents the different wings in all directions, effectively eliminating the need for corridors. at ground level the living room opens directly to the exterior porch and swimming pool extending the usable space into the garden.

otto medem creates a refuge in the mountains
(left)entry stairs
(right) swimming pool

 

 

 

one meter off the ground, the kitchen and dining room have access to their own porch and yard, and above that the two private bedrooms overlook the lot and the rest of the house. the second floor houses the owners’ passions, an office whose perimeter is lined with books, elevated above all else in the structure offering peace and quite away from the ground, away from the city.

otto medem creates a refuge in the mountains
intersection of forms

otto medem creates a refuge in the mountains
staircase

otto medem creates a refuge in the mountains
kitchen

otto medem creates a refuge in the mountains
large sliding glass doors open to the outside

otto medem creates a refuge in the mountains
living room

otto medem creates a refuge in the mountains

otto medem creates a refuge in the mountains
upstairs library and office

otto medem creates a refuge in the mountains
views from the bathroom