Ant’s House

Ant’s House, Collado-Villalba, Spain, espegel-fisac arquitectos
Construction year: 2011
Address: Calle Tramo de Unión, 8 | MADRID | Spain
Latitude/Longitude: 40.638334, -3.991943

The Ant’s House is formally conceived considering the surrounding environment and its location on a large plot in the Manzanares Regional Park, immersed in the mountains of Madrid. The house is meant to dominate the landscape which appears beyond its entrance. Its shape is designed by nature. Just like an outstretched hand, the house works its way through the almond trees appearing from in between the branches, reaching towards different spaces and lights effects.

Its location, on the southern slope of the mountains, gives the house favourable climatic and environmental features. It also combines two basic conditions: proximity to an urban centre as well as the pleasure of the mountains and the natural surroundings. Dualism is also present in the house: nature vs artifice.

The house is a two level building with a concrete staircase located in a central position. The ground floor, which adapts to the sloped terrain through a wide ramp, is a large open space which has different atmospheres: a reading zone, a fireplace, a socializing area with an outward view towards the patio and a service area which comprises the kitchen, as well as the laundry, storage and facilities. This dynamic space extends to the south terrace, which borders the swimming pool and a large almond tree and eventually ends under the span of a concrete slab, in a covered outdoor dining area.

The first floor, hosts a guestroom in the cantilever over the outdoor dining area, a bedroom for the children with a large playroom, and the master bedroom with a mezzanine which creates a canopy over the bed and provides a view over the Northern mountains.

The great spanned structure is surrounded by concrete walls and wrapped in a translucent glass skin protected from the western sun by aluminum slats.

Area (sq): 367,00 sqm
Team Members: Cristina Hernández, Laia Lafuente, Syra Abella, Lucila Urda, Daniel Merro, Isabel Camacho, Miriam Llamazares, Miguel Coloma
External Assistants: Enrique Medina, Ramón Sánchez Hombre, Emilio Mitre ALIA SL, Juan Rey MECANISMO, Nieves Plaza

Contributed by Espegel-Fisac Arquitectos

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