Casa MP in Sesma by
Alcolea+Tárrago Arquitectos

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This stark concrete house in Spain by Alcolea+Tárrago Arquitectos features richly stained timber shutters that fold back to reveal large glass doors (+ slideshow).

Casa MP in Sesma by Alcolea+Tárrago Arquitectos

Located in the town of Sesma, Casa MP is home to a family of four, made up of a young couple and their two daughters. It was conceived by Pamplona studio Alcolea+Tárrago Arquitectos as "a monolithic volume that emphasises its archetypal geometry using concrete and stained pinewood."

Casa MP in Sesma by Alcolea+Tárrago Arquitectos

The dark timber detailing creates a distinct contrast with the muted grey of the concrete and was added as a reference to local architecture. It frames a series of recessed windows and is also used for doors and furnishings inside the house.

Casa MP in Sesma by Alcolea+Tárrago Arquitectos

The concrete was formed against timber and its surface shows the rough grain of the wooden boards.

Casa MP in Sesma by Alcolea+Tárrago Arquitectos

The house is at the peak of the sloping and takes advantage of views of the surrounding fields. This position allows room for a two-car garage to one side, as well as a rear garden where residents can plant vegetables.

Casa MP in Sesma by Alcolea+Tárrago Arquitectos

The main entrance to the house is through a three-metre-wide terrace that can be screened from the street using a translucent sliding screen.

Casa MP in Sesma by Alcolea+Tárrago Arquitectos

An open-plan living room and kitchen occupies the entire ground floor to create a space for working and relaxing, while four bedrooms are located upstairs and a multi-purpose room and storage area are in the basement.

Casa MP in Sesma by Alcolea+Tárrago Arquitectos

Other recently completed houses in Spain include a residence in Alicante with an 18-metre-long balcony and an X-shaped concrete house near Barcelona.

Casa MP in Sesma by Alcolea+Tárrago Arquitectos

Photography is by Iñaki Bergera.

Casa MP in Sesma by Alcolea+Tárrago Arquitectos

Here's a project description from Alcolea+Tárrago Arquitectos:


The commission began in a private competition, in which our office was selected not by a particular project, but by the attitude showed to the clients to build a maximum house with a very small budget on a complicated plot, a very sharp slope. And not least, the involvement and commitment, perhaps beyond any logical reason, to propose successive approximations to the project (up to five preliminary projects and a full executive project with its visa) before the final solution.

Casa MP in Sesma by Alcolea+Tárrago Arquitectos

Anyway, the program answers common needs of a conventional home for a young couple with two young daughters, including a garage for two cars and a small garden and orchard. It is a monolithic volume that emphasizes its archetypal geometry using concrete and stained pinewood. Any gesture is made to the better orientation and views, and to clear the plot as much as possible for the small garden and orchard to plant some vegetables and fruit trees.

Casa MP in Sesma by Alcolea+Tárrago Arquitectos

The house, therefore, is set at the highest level of the site. It follows a restrictive regulation on alignment and height. But this also permits to dominate the southern view towards the grain fields and smooth foothills of the River Ebro.

Casa MP in Sesma by Alcolea+Tárrago Arquitectos

Following similar strategies, the two car garage is separated from the main volume to close the north limit. Between the house and the garage, there is an entrance and patio access three meters wide. Large sliding doors in pine board communicate the garage and garden.

Casa MP in Sesma by Alcolea+Tárrago Arquitectos

The ground floor of the house is linked to the garden through large windows. A single space includes the living, kitchen and a place for leisure and work. Four bedrooms, two bathrooms and a laundry room are in the upper floor. In the basement there is a multipurpose space, facilities and storage rooms.

Casa MP in Sesma by Alcolea+Tárrago Arquitectos

The building details in reinforced concrete unify structure, finishing and texture, and control the total budget. The windows have shutters in stained pine board, very common in the folk architecture of the area.

Casa MP in Sesma by Alcolea+Tárrago Arquitectos

The thermal inertia of the concrete volume as well as an underfloor heating and cooling system using geothermal energy determines a high efficiency in a quite extreme climate, very cold in winter and very hot in summer, without resigning to large windows for a maximum use of natural light. A very small local construction company owned by a family friend and local subcontractors carried out the construction. And explains the delay of the execution process.

Casa MP in Sesma by Alcolea+Tárrago Arquitectos

Above: site plan - click above for larger image

Casa MP in Sesma by Alcolea+Tárrago Arquitectos

Above: basement floor plan - click above for larger image

Casa MP in Sesma by Alcolea+Tárrago Arquitectos

Above: ground floor plan - click above for larger image

Casa MP in Sesma by Alcolea+Tárrago Arquitectos

Above: first floor plan - click above for larger image

Casa MP in Sesma by Alcolea+Tárrago Arquitectos

Above: section - click above for larger image

Casa MP in Sesma by Alcolea+Tárrago Arquitectos

Above: north elevation - click above for larger image

Casa MP in Sesma by Alcolea+Tárrago Arquitectos

Above: south elevation - click above for larger image

  • marco

    It is fun to see how well this project works in its context. And that’s a very rare compliment for exposed concrete.

  • http://twitter.com/burtja @burtja

    Very nice.

  • calle wirsch

    Large paved areas in front and poor concrete implementation, but nice contour and cosy interiors.

  • Jonathan

    Crikey. Imagine that in Hartlepool on a rainy day.