Family houses

Castelldefels, Barcelona. Spain

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Z House

Jon Tugores

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This project could eventually be a paradigm of how architecture still play a key role during times of austerity, tight budgets and rigorous adherence to environmental protection measures.
It is a home on a new plot with a semi-prefabricated concrete construction, located in a suburban area of the municipality of Castelldefels, south of Barcelona, close to a motorway and surrounded by predictable and uninteresting buildings.
The client offered the architects an opportunity to design their new home, with ample freedom in terms of design but a slim budget and with limited time.
The choice of structure, of the prefabricated variety, along with a series of constructive strategies, put the final cost at under 1000€/m2 and achieve low CO2 consumption, rapid construction time and minimal waste. The decision to reduce the structural blueprint to 8 perimeter pillars allows for floors that are completely free and reconfigurable in the future.
The project’s strategy in terms of functionality articulates a large and luminous open space on the ground floor geared towards social activity and an upper floor with a surface divided into three sections: the master bedroom, a second area with two interconnected bedrooms, and a third one with a guest apartment, all three connected via an ‘active hallway’ where communal activities take place, such as a study/library and a play park.
The idea of using solar energy for the overall climate control of the building is aimed, in a clear reference to typical Mediterranean shadows, at using green elements as the main temperature control system. Two types of plant, one deciduous and one evergreen, provide protection from seasonal temperature jumps, while a microwave ‘cloud’ protects the home.

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Localización Location: Castelldefels, Barcelona. Spain. Autor Author: Jon Tugores, arquitecto (Jon Tugores + Architects). Arquitecto Técnico Quantity surveyor: Àlvar Gallostra. Colaboradores Collaborators: Gemma Blanes, Santi Mañero [Maad], Licinio Alfaro y Helena Torres, arquitectos. Estructuras Structures: Pujol Prefabricados. Constructora General Contractor: NOYS Grup S.L. Redacción proyecto Project Draft: 2014. Ejecución Completion: 2015-2016. Superficie construida Built area: 295m2. Fotografía Photography: Jordi Miralles.
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