The façade of this house in Valencia by Spanish architects
BBLab Arquitectos is punctured with a pattern of circular holes.
The garden-facing elevations of Jhouse are glazed from floor to ceiling
on the ground floor.
An internal iron staircase connecting the ground and first
floors appears solid in profile but has no risers, so it appears lighter
when viewed straight-on.
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Photography is by Ricardo Espinoza.
The following is from the architects:
J HOUSE, a “wrapping” for everyday life.
How to combine an adequate privacy together with a straight relationship
with the outdoor space in a small urban plot? How to enhance the spatial
experience in a reduced residential program?
The building section articulates the public and private areas of the
house. On the one hand, the sunny, open and transparent ground floor
dissolves into the garden, whereas on the other hand a secretive, cagey and
bright first floor introduces a more nuanced interior-exterior relationship.
Here, the desired privacy is achieved by several patios enclosed by
round-shaped lattice walls that allow seeing without being seen, and help to
regulate the intense light of Valencia.
The hanging iron staircase acts as “transitional” device between the two
floors. The spatial layout on both levels seeks to achieve further visual
depth by constructing several interior-exterior sequences.
This is the project of a house characterized by its topological qualities
rather than by its functional ones. The distinct and qualified spaces allow
their residents to enjoy everyday experiences.
(Design, Detailed Design and Site Management)
Ana Bonet Miró
Carla de Prada
Enrique Lopéz (Quantity Surveyor, Site Security and Management)
Structural engineer: Jesús Egea
Services: Maria Ángeles González
Date: 2006 – 2010
Location: Rocaford, Valencia, Spain
Client: J. B. Miró
Gross surface: 353 m2
Building cost: 375.000 €
Characteristics of work: Private residence