XPIRAL: introverted house, spain XPIRAL: introverted house, spain
feb 22, 2013

XPIRAL: introverted house, spain

‘introverted house’ by XPIRAL, murcia, spainimage © david frutos | bis imagesall images courtesy of XPIRAL



‘I think that the architecture requires a visit to be truly understood, but all of these fluctuating tri-dimensional concepts…are magnified through the house’– architect javier peña


the dynamic one-storey helical ‘introverted house’ by spanish firm XPIRAL rejects the less-than-exciting surrounding landscape and instead creates a central green courtyard around which all program radially unfolds.a composite concrete, steel and wood structure transitions into one another creating a cyclical sequence of spaces and a receptacle for capturing the subtle nuances of light, being transformed by its constantly changing qualities. each material allows a different nature of space, as the heavier concrete uses its thermal mass to both cool and heat the main living areas, slightly cavernous in nature; steel trusses create thin peripheral elements that bring the user closer to the exterior, and timber components add warmth and balance to the more industrial elements. a corridor is cantilevered off of the main mass wrapped in a micro-perforated corrugated steel skin that allows the free passage of air but maintains a certain level of privacy to the rooftop swimming pool beyond, enjoying all the direct sunlight possible. this suspended element also defines a threshold that can be crossed underneath on the pixelated green property adding another experienced dimension to the residence.



entrance on the higher part of the siteimage © david frutos | bis images



cantileverd concrete structureimage © david frutos | bis images



image © david frutos | bis images



integrated stairs under the pool area into the courtyardimage © david frutos | bis images



(left) underside of the structure(right) interior garden courtyardimage © david frutos | bis images



image © david frutos | bis images



view into the courtyardimage © david frutos | bis images



rooftop swimming poolimage © david frutos | bis images



image © david frutos | bis images



semi-exterior patio entranceimage © david frutos | bis images



patioimage © david frutos | bis images



(left) balcony(right) main entranceimage © david frutos | bis images



main living space with crossing wooden beamsimage © david frutos | bis images



bedroomimage © david frutos | bis images



bathroomimage © david frutos | bis images



illuminated balconyimage © david frutos | bis images




floor plan / level 0


















project info:



project: single family residencelocation: mirador de agridulce, espinardo, murcia, spaindeveloper: d. andres caravaca parellonarchtitect: javier peña galianoteam: maren klaschen, javier jimenez, malte eglingertechnical architect: felipe saezbudget: 140,722.36 EURstructural engineer: jose + juan cutillas (estructuras filigranas)wood structure: miguel nevado (amatex)metal structure: antonio lopez / domingo (metalgrating)

  • sort of interesting idea; but pretty carelessly detailed, and put together, almost cold war soviet style.

    nicey says:
  • Appears as if it were some decaying relic.

    yeano says:
  • I did think it looked a bit shoddy but studied it a bit more and realised it is not really. Very cool architecture and maybe the funkiness is part of the charm. Finally see a designer who realises the importance of the bath, must have lived in Japan or studied there?

    Gordon says:
  • ditto, nicey’s comment.

    rich says:
  • There’s a very studied flippancy here, and it puts certain assumptions to the test here: highbrow and lowbrow, architectural responsibilities, the hidden versus exposed. the architect is probably right: visiting the site itself is vital. But from what I can see from the photos, this is very intriguing, and if the architect can explore this further I think a language of critique will develop.

    Very promising – and all this aside, some surprisingly beautiful spaces! The bathroom tiling, the semicircular garage!

    blau says:

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