Casa Llorens by Eneseis Arquitectura



Spanish architects Eneseis Arquitectura have completed a family residence in Alicante, Spain.


The house is partly buried and protected from being overlooked on three sides, but opens up on the fourth side to trees and views across the landscape.


It is designed to be accessible for a wheelchair user. The architects aimed to make it sustainable by optimising the amount of natural light and ventilation in each room.


Photographs by Jose Alberto Vicente Mayo.

Below is some more information from the architects:


Casa Llorens (2006-2007)

Half-buried, garden-house, sustainable, accessible, designed by Eneseis Arquitectura.

The site is at Mutxamel (Alicante, Spain) in a housing area close to the town centre, but depends on the car for transport. The building connects the public street with a 40m narrow pass. It is surrounded on every side except the northwest, where it opens to some trees and the mountain view. The building opens towards the mountain view, and closes itself, looking for privacy, against the surrounding buildings.


Our first idea for the project came from a self-protecting instinct; the desire to build a controlled environment, our custom-made world. We modified topography to generate a trench situation, protecting the house from neighbour’s views and controlling the view out; the environment became the sky and the distant northwest landscape.

The soil that was removed from the trench was piled up on the perimeter, eliminating the usual need to take soil elsewhere. Thus, we made the relative elevation 1.5m, digging the natural soil just 0.5m. On this simplified space we adapted the architecture that completes the project. We modified 100% of the soil’s plot, generating a new reality, a synergistic union, a garden-house or house-garden, non-divisible, that chooses and generates its own accessible landscape.


We started with a linear floor distribution that begins turning, bending, raising…looking for the optimum solar place, and passive ventilation, extracting the air from the fresher places of the garden.

The sleeping-room zones remain half-buried, profiting from the temperature regulation of the thermal inertia.


We generated a continuous flow between the garden and the house, between inner and outer space. The house itself is an accessibility vehicle to the garden. When solving the accessibility problem, instead of thinking about the limitations, we preferred to think about creating an environment that could improve the abilities enjoying: resting on the water, swimming, taking sunbaths, traveling along the garden, flowing…

Inside, the spaces are dynamic, custom-fitted for a wheelchair. The movement is reinforced by the continuous white walls that build the house.

CATEGORY - Isolated family house
ARCHITECTS - Eneseis (Daniel Solbes Ponsoda, Jose Luis Durán, Jose Vicente Lillo)
SITE - Mutxamel, partida “La obrera”
CO-ARCHITECTS - Katerina Zeminova Daniel Cano
SURVEYOR - Raquel Barceló
BUILDER - Abelardo Granados
PROMOTERS - Llorenç Solbes  y  Virginia Mur
COST - 195.000 euros

Posted on Tuesday January 27th 2009 at 2:03 pm by Rachael Sykes. Copyright policy | Comments policy

  • Minh

    Nice plan works well :)

  • tommi

    simple & nice textures can be seen there~ really touchy!

  • rodger

    beautiful project. wonderful outdoor spaces. nice plan.

  • David Klemmer

    Very nice. I like the small pool-like area covered from the surroundings by using rough stones.

  • kolohe

    nice design.
    reminds me of luke skywalker’s pad on tatooine.

  • Very,very deligthfull!!Its even strange to look at those photos-the house seems to be somewhere out of town in the silent hills of nature..Maybe It really feels like this,when someone is in the house?

  • Sergi

    I wonder what will happen when raining heavily… as it happens in that mediterranean area. When it happens, I wouldn’t like to be inside…

  • Luxury Larry

    I luve the plan too.

  • uncle owen

    where are the moisture farms?

  • val

    Projects like this makes great the architecture.

    Well done Spain!

  • alexandra

    nice work! good materiality! fresh and cosy! I like it!

  • Richard

    How thin is the curve wall for shadows to be seen through the other side? Or is the material not likiewhat it seems?

  • dave

    It’s a fantastic ambiance!! What a nice layout! Excellent!

  • neat solutions to climate and accessibilty challenges while using typical materials and it fits topography of the area wonderfully

  • n

    how inspiring! this post is infinity times better than the crap that comes out of OMA. very sexy.

  • zeus

    New-school shapes built in old-school materials. super.