360 House by Subarquitectura

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360 House by Subarquitectura

This house by Spanish architects Subarquitectura spirals down a sloping site in Madrid.

360 House by Subarquitectura

The sweeping form overlaps at one point and gradually ramps down to accommodate the slope of the terrain.

360 House by Subarquitectura

360 House has continuous fenestration along the east-facing side to offer panoramic views of mountains in the distance while descending through the house.

360 House by Subarquitectura

Where the form overlaps a staircase offers direct access between the two storeys.

360 House by Subarquitectura

The house's exterior has been finished in black slate tiles, while the interior has whitewashed walls and ceilings throughout.

360 House by Subarquitectura

All photographs are taken by David Frutos.

360 House by Subarquitectura

Here's some more from the architect:


360 House
Galapagar , Madrid / SPAIN

A unique opportunity for us in reality a problem that’s been posed thousands of times: to construct a house with a public programme of social relation, associated with the prívate life of a numerous family on a sloping plot of land with priveleged views of the mountains outside Madrid.

360 House by Subarquitectura

It has no one solution, there are many, they’re even cataloged in books about houses of a slope.

360 House by Subarquitectura

We try not to think of domestic spaces.

360 House by Subarquitectura

On the contrary, we take as a point of reference works of engineering, motorway intersections, changes of direction.

360 House by Subarquitectura

We proceed from generic solutions to the problem of descending , solutions that conceal great plasticity.

360 House by Subarquitectura

We seek the poetic in all the seems to have been considered from the merely pragmatic point of view.

360 House by Subarquitectura

The result is the literal construction of a use diagram.

360 House by Subarquitectura

In this instance, form does not follow function, but is instead function itself.

360 House by Subarquitectura

Cyclical movement, routine and surprise turn into a way of living.

360 House by Subarquitectura

Its formal complexity offers the possibility of reaching all points of the house through two different routes, which multiply the possibilities of use and enjoyment.

360 House by Subarquitectura

It has the form of a loop, 360º, like the shapes skaters make, like those of gymnasts, as artistic as they are precise.

360 House by Subarquitectura

An extreme shape, the house is curved, generating the greatest quantity of linear meters towards the good views.

360 House by Subarquitectura

It is shored up in the landscape and turns back on itself, completing the revolution.

360 House by Subarquitectura

The degree of intimacy increases as the distance to the ends increases.

360 House by Subarquitectura

At the midpoint, a mediatheque, isolated and completely dark, 100% technology, 0% landscape.

360 House by Subarquitectura

With a single gesture two ways of moving are generated: going down and looking outwards.

360 House by Subarquitectura

The long house, a sinuous movement, a descent by ramp and ample turning radii tangential to the setbacks of the plot of land generate a panoramic vision.

360 House by Subarquitectura

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The short house, the quick way in a straight line, stairs of direct descent and a dep view towards the landscape.

360 House by Subarquitectura

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A building that is black outside, absorbent, of slate, a material specific to the location, almost imposed as an aesthetic specification of the area.

360 House by Subarquitectura

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White inside, reflective, generic, neutral and luminous.

360 House by Subarquitectura

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Life incorporates colour, outside with the vegetation and inside with the people.

360 House by Subarquitectura

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Location: Urbanización Roncesvalles. C/ Roncesvalles, 33 Galapagar, Madrid
Architects: SUBARQUITECTURA ( Andrés Silanes + Fernando Valderrama + Carlos Bañón)
Design years: 2007
Construction: 2008 – 2010

360 House by Subarquitectura

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Structural design: Subarquitectura
Building services: Daniel Rodriguez
Client: Arco Design and Projects
Surface area: 385 m2
Photographs: David Frutos Ruiz


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  • gynous.work

    Odío.
    Black tile, nice.

  • arin

    its a good location for SHUTTER ISLAND part 2 which will take place at 2012!!

  • http://www.solvinq.nl Marc

    Nice shapes and lines.
    Love this house!

  • http://www.nothingintosomething.com Flynn Talbot

    The light flooding into the room at the top of stairs is amazing.

    Love your work.

  • edward

    No. Right angles are better.

  • Miguel

    That is a very nice project. Form and diagram are coherent. Congratulations!

  • arjun

    its quite lovely but there is no sign of it actually being a house, i cant see a single point where the connection to the landscape translates into the interior space and without a hint of dining chairs in one of the images there is little sense of inhabitation here. this would make a lovely gallery but a poor house. the continous strip windows are awful. a lot of potential but its totally unrealised

    • no4cubic

      Gallery's can't function without straight walls! Even as a gallery it would be very limited.

    • doodle

      Arjun, perhaps your not reading closely enough.

      "We try not to think of domestic spaces." It looks like domesticity never even crossed their minds.

      Another gem reads, "In this instance, form does not follow function, but is instead function itself." Which means precisely what?

  • grapes

    its a big scaly snake

  • ohno

    I dont think they've made the most of the exterior form, looks dull inside and you dont really see the 'ramp' that is so clear from the outside

  • patrick

    @edward, Jealous much?

    • edward

      Not at all. Only a 12 year old boy with a skate board could love this house.

  • kaiL

    I was wondering, how the interior space can actually be used for a home? look at image No.8, 9

  • http://www.perfectdesks.co.uk/OakComputerDesk Oak

    Wow. I'm not sure I'd want to live in the place like that, but it's a fabulous design and would make a great art museum. I can't begin to imagine how much it cost though. A modern day 'folly' for sure, but if you have the money to show off, why not?

  • http://twitter.com/gabswolf @gabswolf

    Why is there no furniture?? Is it a house or a shed??

  • Kristen

    i love the ramp..and the way the materials are used.

  • J. C. Faith

    the glass banister around the stairway looks very dangerous they should have rounded the corners it seems sterile without any signs of habitation

  • keyp

    Love that house… it has a clever shape to deal with the slope!!

  • yeap

    yeap, it's an art gallery!! absolutely

  • toxic

    an art gallery!!! no doubt

  • Amrita

    I believe that it cannot be used as house but really a very innovative project

  • Fizz

    Um – has the architect's statement, in presumably original Spanish, been put through Babelfish or something? Talk about lost in translation. Almost as good as Seat's advertising. What is it with Spanish designers and the English language?

  • http://lettuceoffice.com nico

    I want to find some really great moments in the house. I really do. But the fact that the rooms take the form they do makes me feel very uncomfortable. This doesn't convey the feel of a home. Sure, that observation is totally subjective but I find no warmth in this design. I find it to be oddly configured and the function to be shoved into the serpentine concept (the whole "form is function here" isn't cutting it). I realize that I can only make these observations from what is presented. I'm hoping that the execution brings about a different experience.

    Having said that, I commend the exterior detailing and the ability to connect the public spaces, which are at the top and bottom levels together while leaving the private spaces in the curving/ramped mid section (that is, of course, if the 'mediatheque' is thought of as a private program).

  • kate

    It just makes me think of a giant scaly black snake, looks cool but I don't think I would want to live in it.

  • HuNi

    Attractive shapes, but a bit inconvenient for a house.

  • HuNi

    Not very sustainable, I think architecture should not always be about show. First we should design efficient houses, then if they are beautiful it’s much better.