The Peace House is located in a neighborhood of the 60, 70 km from Madrid about. The architecture of the residential area could be considered conventional, with no architectural interest, built with extremely heterogeneous topologies and materials. Just outside the village of Robledo de Chavela urbanization lies Cofio River and on the edge of this, the edge of a cliff that spills over a small river, is the plot, 1,400 m2 of land on steep slopes. The plot is accessed from a road that runs from the top, across the street, looking west, beyond the valley, the mountain is raised very sharply, generating a specially protected natural park. When we first saw the place, we feel the need to go there with the house, to be hung in the middle of the valley, suspended in the canopy of a tree, almost on the other side, listening to the murmur of the river just below Cofio . From here we had to solve a technical problem, functional and affordable.
Forced the need to sharpen the wits to the end and work for management, outsourcing all trades separately. None of them (all local offices), or us, we were facing a structural problem and for a home. How to get there and get a unique space for two people? We started thinking: another iron vessel like the Russian Constructivists of those visionaries, a work of Tony Carr, chair of Shapiro, a piece of Max Bill, something heavy and light at the same time, gravity as a problem, the scale as an instrument work, a large table or a small boat. Definitely looking for a bottom-up linear housing. The straight line and a large staircase with steps of 90 cm. wide, and garden, which coordinates all functions. Beneath it a small therapy pool, 2m wide by 10 m long.
The entire program takes place inside of a square metal frame and metal skin stretching (deploye) resting on a glass reinforced concrete, container pool water and diesel tanks, boiler, filter, etc. . The stomach of the animal, this artifact of iron where they concentrate all fluids. This more than 15 feet above the river. ” HEB 300 downloads nine feet on the ground weight. They are the only contact with the ground the house. The house, to maintain structural balance and a certain logic of gravity, flying without any support 5.5 m above the river, and so down the road, leaving only 40 cm. the land on the access area. Thus the equilibrium mass carrying also heavy elements to the concrete box and thus lower center of gravity.
The crane that could have reached only 18 m, ie until the end of the glass in concrete. There we got to be able to build the cantilever more isolated, so we had to lift the entire metal cage housing moved to the road and then strained through a manual, the glass slide on concrete, on rails, to form final overhang, like a train.
In short, this house has been an adventure in which they are living Paz and her husband Thomas, who appreciate his boundless confidence and courage and with which, they say, they feel fully identified.
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