Aluminum House by Fran Silvestre Arquitectos
Fran Silvestre Arquitectos, a Spanish design office, have crafted a house in Madrid which contrasts and blends with its immediate environment at the same time. Its moderate proportions and planar nature allow the Aluminum House to unobtrusively occupy the site which is surrounded by tall trees. The name obviously comes from the exterior look of this home, clad in highly reflective aluminum.
From the architects: “A consolidated landscape surrounded by gardens with big trees within the metropolis of Madrid is the fortunate starting point of this house.
The piece, of metallic and horizontal nature, produces the effect of having just one storey. With its proportions and materiality it both contrasts and blends with the tall trees of its environment.
The scale of the house is moderated through the understanding of the day area as a base emerging from the same natural stone which paves part of the plot. The night zone is placed on it and focuses the view to the north and south while protecting itself from the eyes of the neighbours and generating shaded terraces in which to enjoy the exterior.
The substantially square plan is designed to unite the program in a compact way. The staircase and central inner atrium distribute the rooms, establishing a functional hierarchy in which all spaces open up to the garden.”