Casa Borrero

Alosno / Spain / 2019

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Alosno is a small village in "Andévalo", a subregion of the Province of Huelva in the southwest of Spain. It is a place known for a special type of Flamenco music called Fandango, world famous charcuterie Jamón Ibérico, and close proximity to the mines of Tharsis, and thus to its english colonial architecture. In this context we were commissioned to design a single family house, described as "traditional" by our clients. It was to accommodate an extremely compartmentalized plan that included a free standing garage and the desire to have the home be a single story building on a given 7 x 40 meter plot. This was again a good opportunity to approach these contingencies with a certain level of critical pragmatism, as we often term our approach, beyond the cliches that we all bring to the design table. We decide to use that traditional concept as applied to the pure contruction of it, using a system of load bearing brick walls parallels to the façade, a traditional system we do not typically use. This bearing wall system allow us to turn the tide, and to transfer the main façade from the short length to the long side of 40 meters. One single Family House, with a single space in between bearing walls, and covered by a single pitch roof spanning from 6,5 to 7,5 meter along the 40 meters length. The residential program is displayed along rooms aligned to the new main façade, whilst the garage occupies the former main façade, at the opposite side of an intermediate courtyard that serves as main entrance. Although it was necessary to split the garage from the rest of the residence, one of our design goals was to promote a unified perception for the bulk of house. The same intention moved us to rhythmically shape the outer face with curves, in a way to hold better, aesthetically and statically, the big pitched roof. These curved brickworks are made out of two types of brick, some full rectangular and other canted, in an attempt to improve the perception of a 40 meters long wall, transforming monotony into architectural order. We hoped to be successful on this.


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En Alosno, un pueblo pequeño del Andévalo onubense, conocido por sus fandangos y sus chacinas de cerdo ibérico, la cercanía a las minas de Tharsis y su arquitectura inglesa, se nos encarga una casa de pueblo tradicional, con un programa compacto muy compartimentado que incluye además un garaje exento de la vivienda. Otro requisito será el disponer todo el programa en una sola planta, en una parcela de siete metros de fachada y cuarenta de profundidad. Con estas condiciones proponemos de nuevo un ejercicio de pragmatismo crítico: una buena oportunidad para reflexionar sobre los clichés propios y ajenos en un proyecto forzosamente local. Esta casa arquetípica se construye con un sistema constructivo tradicional, pero que no deja de ser novedoso para nosotros: muros de carga en crujías paralelas a la fachada, con la peculiaridad de aprovechar la gran profundidad de la parcela para hacer del testero largo la nueva fachada principal de la vivienda, de manera que construimos la casa en una planta, con una única crujía y a un agua a lo largo de esos 40 metros. El programa se reparte funcionalmente con habitaciones alineadas a esta nueva fachada principal, ocupando el garaje la otrora fachada dominante, y separada del uso puramente residencial por un gran patio que funciona de entrada. Es objeto de nuestra propuesta que esta obligada separación no rompa la unidad del volumen. Con ese mismo ánimo, la cara exterior del muro de carga de fachada se curva rítmicamente para soportar mejor, tanto estética como estáticamente, la gran cubierta inclinada de teja plana. Así alternamos dos tipos de ladrillo, uno rectangular y otro de esquina curva, para desdibujar el efecto tapia de un paramento de 40 metros de longitud. En este nuevo orden de paños curvados reside la diferencia entre el ritmo y el tedio. Esperamos que esta vivienda hable más de lo primero que de lo segundo.

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    Alosno is a small village in "Andévalo", a subregion of the Province of Huelva in the southwest of Spain. It is a place known for a special type of Flamenco music called Fandango, world famous charcuterie Jamón Ibérico, and close proximity to the mines of Tharsis, and thus to its english colonial architecture. In this context we were commissioned to design a single family house, described as "traditional" by our clients. It was to accommodate an extremely compartmentalized...

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    • Year 2019
    • Work finished in 2019
    • Status Completed works
    • Type Single-family residence / Interior Design
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