mirag hides a private house in l'ametlla behind a two-faced facade mirag hides a private house in l'ametlla behind a two-faced facade
jun 22, 2013

mirag hides a private house in l'ametlla behind a two-faced facade

‘private house in l’ametlla del valles’ by mirag, barcelona, spain
image © jordi surroca
all images courtesy of mirag




barcelona-based practice mirag has just shared with us images of their private house in lametlla situated on a suburban site with private houses to the east and views to a pine forest along the west. in this environment, the intent of the building is to turn its back to the vehicular traffic and to open itself to pedestrian-friendly surroundings. making the most of the characteristics of the plot, the parking area is placed on street level in order to dispose of the habitable spaces on the subterranean floor where spaces have a direct connection to the pine forest of l’ametlla. since all the spaces in this floor are arranged in parallel, every room enjoys natural light: bathrooms, bedrooms, kitchen, dinning room and living room. the only element located on grade is the studio which serves as a sort of buffer area between the parking and the living room. the house, however, is marked by its two contrasted facades. The street-side is opaque, dark and wave-like. featuring just a window and a door, it isolates the house from the road and the passers-by. the garden facade on the other hand is the polar opposite: it has big windows and is immensely bright. the broken lines that form the facade, as well as the composition of the apertures, all respond to the lighting needs of the inner spaces.



garden-side white facade



roof-line in the sky
image © jordi surroca



the black facade exposes a solid face against the public side of the site
image © jordi surroca



image © jordi surroca



double-high living room
image © jordi surroca



view of the living area roof
image © jordi surroca


the studio space is is the only habitable space that is located on the street floor, and keeps a close relation with the garden and the dining room
image © jordi surroca






bathroom with handmade glazed tiles

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