A brand new low-energy home by Alventosa Morell Arquitectes is positioned within the city of Seva within the coronary heart of the Montseny Pure Park, simply north of Barcelona. The purchasers had a sloping triangular plot, positioned between two streets, on which they wished to construct a modest household home with minimal power calls for and a robust connection to the backyard.
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The architects approached this transient with a two-pronged technique. First up, the location was surveyed and the most effective spot picked to position the dwelling – on the highest and flattest level, minimising earthworks, defending present timber and maximising the views.
This was mixed with the event of a brand new building system that might accommodate a shift within the organisation of the interior area, from open plan and ‘diaphanous’ to extra intimate and conventionally scaled. The one-storey home has a linear plan, with the bed room adjoining an workplace, then a front room, kitchen-diner, and terrace.
All of those principal rooms look south over the gardens, taking advantage of the location. The sliding glass partitions on this façade are interspersed with patterned brickwork, whereas the public-facing aspect of the home has a extra austere remedy. The easy porch, with its solitary column and flat roof is contrasted with the beneficiant terrace that opens off the kitchen, lined by the oversailing pitched roof.
The home is designed to be quite simple to run. The south-facing home windows present photo voltaic warmth within the winter, whereas staying shaded from the excessive summer season solar. Skylights and sliding doorways allow cross-ventilation within the hottest a part of the yr, whereas hefty insulation permits the entire home to be heated by a single pellet-burning range.
Marc Alventosa and Xavier Morell are primarily based in Barcelona. The duo accomplished their first undertaking in 2007 and have since expanded their workplace to 6 folks. Low-energy building is their major specialism, making certain that each one tasks are ‘socially, economically and environmentally accountable’.
Alventosa Morell Arquitectes, alventosamorell.com